A day after Trump adviser and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told Reuters that the Trump team was beginning to draft a proposal for a Muslim registry, former Navy Seal and prominent Trump supporter Carl Higbie told an exasperated Megyn Kelly that Japanese interment is a legal precedent for the policy.
“It is legal, they say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass,” said Higbie, who is also the spokesman and co-chair of Great America PAC for Donald Trump.
“And we’ve done it with Iran back— back a while ago, we did it during World War II with Japanese, which, call it what you will it may be wrong,' Higbie continued until Kelly cut in.
“Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps. You know better than to suggest that, that’s the kind of thing that gets people scared, Carl.”
Trump surrogates are already citing Japanese internment camps from WW II as "precedent" for Muslim registry pic.twitter.com/DVnjtom0mc— Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) November 17, 2016
“No, no, no, I’m not proposing that at all, Megyn, but what I am saying is we need to protect America first,” he replied. “I’m just saying there’s precedent for it, I’m not saying I agree with it, but in this case I absolutely believe.."
“You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is going to do,” Kelly responded.
“Look, the president needs to protect America first, and if that means having people that are not protected under our Constitution have some sort tor registry so we can understand- until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it,” Higbie said.
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