Donald Trump has been tough-talking on the Syrian refugee crisis for a few days now, drifting in and out of rationality as the situation dictates. With many of his fellow candidates doomed to actually have to cast a vote on the subject, the Donald is free to pontificate on the subject of national security as he wants, when he wants and with as little regard for human dignitity and the confines of the Constitution as necessary.
This morning, Yahoo news published a lengthy interview with the real estate mogul, in which they asked him how he would handle the issue of terrorism, given that the subject itself is rather difficult to police. Trump doesn’t know, but there is a laundry list of items he won’t rule out, some of which don’t quite jibe with the First Amendment.
We’re going to have to do thing that we never did before,” he said during a Yahoo interview.
“Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said.
“Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,” he added. “We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
Trump would not rule out warrantless searches in his plans for increased surveillance of the nation’s Muslims, Yahoo reported Thursday.
He also remained open toward registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification identifying their faith, the news outlet added.
“We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” Trump continued. “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”
To be fair, as with most things, it doesn’t seem Trump came up with the idea on his own. Yahoo news’s reporter seemed to suggest a laundry list of potential tactics and Trump basically said he would “wait and see” on each one, as though they were strategies that demanded some sort of cost-benefit analysis rather than an idea that should be dismissed directly out of hand. Trump seems to be fleshing out his foreign policy on the fly, and that seems to be leading down some rather curious rabbit holes.