Trump: U.S. should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims

G.O.P. presumptive nominee also advocates temporary ban on foregin Muslims.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, shown during a May 5 rally in West Virginia, said refugees from Syria "could be the all-time great Trojan horse" following Sunday's mass shooting at a Florida night club. The shooter, Omar Mateen, reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS before killing 49 people and injuring dozens more in Orlando. Mateen, 29, was born in New York. (AP file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says the country should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims in the United States as a terrorism-fighting tool.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee says other countries use profiling and “it’s not the worst thing to do.”

In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump said, “I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense” and “look at it seriously.”

Profiling is the government practice of targeting people for investigation based factors such as their race, religion or nationality. Civil libertarians have decried the practice as discriminatory.

Trump says that in the age of international terrorism, it’s a matter of choosing “common sense” over “political correctness.”

He’s also proposed a temporarily ban on foreign Muslims from entering the United States. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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