Today, in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation”, Donald Trump said that although he "hates" the idea of racial profiling he believes it might be time to start implementing it anyway.
During a portion of the interview when Trump was asked about the Orlando nightclub shooting he suggested that racial profiling is a necessary surveillance measure that was necessary in preventing future attacks. When host John Dickerson asked Trump why he believed this tactic was needed he claimed it was because potential terrorists don’t get called out due to "political correctness" and added that Muslims "don’t report" terrorists in their community.
Dickerson, wanting to nail down Trump on this unconstitutional suggestion, then asked him if he was in fact "talking about increasing profiling of Muslims in America?" to which he replied…
“Well, I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country and other countries do it and you look at Israel and you look at others and they do it, and they do it successfully. And, I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use, you know, we have to use our heads...----- Nonsensical babbling -----
We really have to look at profiling. We have to look at it seriously. And other countries do it, and it’s not the worst thing to do. I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense. We’re not using common sense.”
Later in the interview, just to cover all bases, Trump reiterated his call that the U.S. “respectfully” spy on mosques and also criticized airport screening procedures, saying it makes "little sense" to screen all passengers the same way.
Just so we're all clear on this subject the American Civil Liberties Union defines "racial profiling" as patently illegal, since it violates the U.S. Constitution’s core promises of equal protection under the law to all and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.
In addition, the implementation racial profiling in Muslim communities would be counterintuitive since it would inevitably alienate the very people we would need the most help from when combating the attacks Trump and the Republicans are so certain are coming.