Adding to the wealth of Islamophobic vitriol in the news this week, Donald Trump told NBC news Thursday (Nov. 19) night that he would introduce a database to track Muslim citizens if he were elected president -- a comment that has led many to draw comparisons to Nazi-era Germany.
"I would certainly implement that. Absolutely," Trump said in response to a question about such a database while at a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa. He added that "good management" would allow him to get all Muslim citizens signed up for the program, while also somehow preventing people from coming to the United States illegally.
When a reporter asked how this database and tracking system would be different from the ways Jewish people had to register in Nazi Germany, Trump said, "You tell me."
And then just kept saying that, until he moved away to continue signing autographs.
Understandably, the similarities to the anti-Jewish sentiments and policies that existed in Germany during the early 20th century have upset a lot of people.
Other presidential candidates -- including Jeb Bush -- condemned Trump's comments Friday (Nov. 20) morning.
"You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people. That's just wrong," Bush told CNBC. "I don't care about campaigns. It's not a question of toughness. It's to manipulate people's angst and their fears. That's not strength, that's weakness."
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton took to Twitter, calling for all potential leaders to combat Trump's "rhetoric."