Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump again cited Israel as a model that the United States should follow in its use of racially profiling, shortly before police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, an American of Afghan descent, in connection with a series of blasts in New York and New Jersey.
Speaking to the Fox News television program “Fox and Friends” on Monday, Trump began by praising the work of local police in the United States, but suggested that their hands are tied over concern regarding profiling.
“Our local police, they know who a lot of who this people are. They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling, and they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things. You know in Israel, they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do.”
Trump was speaking against the backdrop of events over the past several days that saw a bomb blast in Manhattan that injured over two dozen people, as well as bombing attempts in New Jersey and a stabbing spree by a man at a mall in Minnesota.
This isn’t the first time that Trump had praise for Israel for profiling. Following the June terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the Republican candidate expressed support for profiling and added: “You look at Israel and you look at others and they do it and they do it successfully.”
Trump has been taken to task by critics during the presidential campaign for calling for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States and for a suspension of immigration from countries with "a proven history of terrorism."
An Afghanistan-born American, a suspect sought in connection with Saturday night’s bombing in New York City bombing that left dozens injured, is now in police custody after a shootout with police officers in New Jersey. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was identified as the main suspect of at least three terrorist incidents late Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Hillary Clinton said the United States will confront the threat of terror with “resolve, not fear.”
“This threat is real, but so is our resolve. Americans will not cower. We will prevail,” Clinton said. She also claimed that her Republican opponent is “giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.”
Jewish Insider contributed to this report