Even Republican Congressman Peter King– who held Congressional hearings into “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community” and has called for greater surveillance of the Muslim community— thinks Donald Trump went too far when he supported shutting down mosques to fight ISIS.
Fox News host Martha McCallum played for King the clip of Trump saying he was “absolutely” open to the idea of shutting down mosques. “What do you think?” she asked.
“Donald Trump is talking before he knows what he’s talking about,” King said. “I have been critical of people in the Muslim community, but the fact is you can’t be shutting down mosques.”
“We should have surveillance of mosques,” King allowed. “I think we should be trying to find out what is going on in a mosque, find out if there’s activity in that mosque, where there’s weapons or conspiracy going on. Then yes you can take action. But casually, the way Donald Trump seems to be talking about shutting down mosques? No.”
“We do have freedom of religion,” he concluded. “And my position is not against the Muslims, it’s against the radicals in the Muslim community.”
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