Trump has called for a mandatory database to track Muslims in the US.
Top Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson are ratcheting up the rhetoric about Muslims.
Trump has called for a mandatory database to track Muslims in the US and Carson has compared Syrian refugees to rabid dogs.
comments follow last week’s Paris terror attacks that killed more than
130 people and wounded hundreds more. Isis has claimed responsibility,
elevating fears of attacks in the US and prompting calls for new
restrictions on refugees fleeing Syria.
Trump’s comments are
expected to force his rivals to give their views. Republicans have
vacillated in handling of inflammatory comments from the bellicose
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was the first
Republican rival to condemn Trump’s call for a Muslim database, calling
the proposal “abhorrent”.
“You’re talking about internment, you’re talking about closing
mosques, you’re talking about registering people and that’s just
wrong,” Bush said on CNBC.
Trump’s comments about a national
database for Muslims came while he was campaigning in Iowa. Trump and
retired neurosurgeon Carson have stunned the political world with their
rise to the top of some polls in the crowded Republican nomination race.
With the first primary votes less than three months away, the two
outsiders continue to overshadow established politicians such as Bush,
the son and brother of former presidents who was expected to be an early
Many Democratic insiders have said they would prefer
the Republicans nominate Trump or Carson, considering them easier to
beat in the general election, still a year away. Democrats have
increasingly consolidated behind Hillary Clinton, who faces two
opponents for her party’s nomination.
Carson also raised eyebrows
when he compared blocking terrorists posing as refugees from entering
the US to handling a rabid dog.
“If there’s a rabid dog running
around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume
something good about that dog,” Carson told reporters in Alabama.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned both Trump and Carson’s comments as “Islamophobic and unconstitutional.”