President-elect Donald Trump doubled down on his plans to establish a registry for Muslims and impose an immigration ban on Muslims entering the United States yesterday. Trump renewed his pledge for a registry following an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin claimed by the Islamic State which killed 12 people and injured dozens more.
“You know my plans,” he told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, who asked him whether he would reevaluate his proposals in the wake of the attack. “All along, I’ve been proven to be right. One-hundred-percent correct. What’s happening is disgraceful.”
In response to other questions from reporters, Trump said he last spoke to President Barack Obama two days ago––and he denied his own assertion that the Berlin attack was an assault on Christianity. In a statement issued after Monday’s attack, Trump said “ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad,” and linked the attack to the terror group before German authorities had said who was responsible.
“Who said that?” Trump asked.
“I believe you said it in a press release,” said one reporter. “I’m wondering how this might affect relations with Muslims.”
“It’s an attack on humanity,” Trump replied. “That’s what it is. An attack on humanity, and it’s got to be stopped.”
Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago. (Credit: Source.)
Later Wednesday, a transition spokesman suggested that the president-elect’s plans stand precisely as he articulated them during his campaign. “President-elect Trump has been clear that we will suspend admission of those from countries with high terrorism rates and apply a strict vetting procedure for those seeking entry in order to protect American lives,” spokesman Jason Miller said.
The possibility of a Muslim registry first came up one year ago when Trump released a statement “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” and gave conflicting statements to the media. His suggestion received sharp criticisms from both sides of the aisle. For a time, he appeared to walk back on his stance, saying the proposals were “just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.” Other times, he denied he ever suggested the proposal, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
But throughout an often incendiary campaign, Trump repeatedly stated he would want a Muslim registry and admonished Muslims for not reporting more terror suspects. In fact, he elaborated on his plans for a Muslim registry during the second presidential debate,