Trump: I would ‘absolutely’ close down US mosques loaded for bear, if I’m allowed

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday he would “absolutely” close down some mosques in order to fight Islamic State militants in the United States if it is legally possible.

He made his remarks in response to a question posed by Fox Business host Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co,” as to whether the real estate mogul would consider emulating some of the British proposals for countering extremism.

“They’ve got a whole new series of proposals to deal with this, including withdrawal of passports from some of these people who’ve gone over just to fight–”

Absolutely. Good, good,” Trump said.

“…and closing some mosques,” he continued. “Would you do the same thing in America?”

“I would do that,” Trump responded. “Absolutely, I think it’s great.”

“Can you do it?” pressed Varney. “Can you close a mosque? We do have religious freedom.”

“Well, I don’t know,” Trump admitted. “I mean, I haven’t heard about the closing of the mosque. It depends, if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear, I don’t know. You’re going to have to certainly look at it.”

Watch the clip, via Fox Business News.

Reaction on social media was, for the most part, positive.

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51 thoughts on “Trump: I would ‘absolutely’ close down US mosques loaded for bear, if I’m allowed

  1. coneyro says:

    Cheer for this idea all you want, but unfortunately, it’s a pipe dream. Unless there is undeniable proof that the mosques are centers of weapons or bomb caches, there is no legal reason to shut them down. Meeting held there are bound by freedom of speech and religion amendments. Unless there is illegal activity, too bad, they stay open. The government cannot do anything to Muslims which would seem biased. There can only be bloodshed as a result. These jihadists are vicious when provoked. Don’t have an answer except for constant vigilance, and Obama out of the picture ASAP.

    1. Doug says:

      At a time of war the Japanese were put in refugee camps. Why an unconstitutional failed war on drugs? Why not define Islam as the dictatorial theology it is and not let it hide behind freedom of religion?

      1. coneyro says:

        You are not advocating putting all Muslims in “refugee” camps without cause?What about loyal Muslim Americans? True patriotic Japanese Americans suffered and died of neglect and indifference in these camps, as well. This could easily become reminiscent of German style concentration camps. I wouldn’t go this route. It could get ugly all around. I admit this situation is getting more dire. However, the solutions are not easy to come by. We cannot live in a police state, but we need to protect our citizens. Obama isn’t offering favorable steps to take. We cannot rely on the present system for our safety. Vigilance is needed individually to safeguard our families until we have new leadership. Then we can only hope for a president that really has definite, workable ideas.

        1. Doug says:

          Is your hope based in faith? I don’t see evidence that the vote outcomes are the same as the vote inputs. I don’t believe it will come to putting all Muslims in camps. I’d send Muslim refugees back to Muslim countries that are favorable to their brand of Islam. Are you saying Islam is not a dictatorial theology? It seems to me to have proven to be in about every country it is dominant in.

          1. coneyro says:

            The problem is that Muslim based countries don’t want them, and are refusing their entry. Imagine, not wanting to take in your own kind. I agree that Islam is a dictatorial theology. I’ve read much of the Quran, and it is a scary, concerning read. It’s call to deception and violence sounds like a war manual, not a book of faith. And yet those everyday peaceful Muslim families who practice peace, don’t interpret their faith in the same way. Maybe these people can assist us in understanding and combating the jihadists. Just a thought..

          2. Doug says:

            When their leaders make war they will not risk them and their families to go against the leaders and the Koran. “When they came for me there was no one left to say anything” while the masses stood idly by. The dictatorial violent theology of Islam should be banned in the US. If they don’t want their refugees let them fight there. Take the Christian refugees the peaceful Muslims are allowing Isis to behead. Learning from peaceful Muslims is kind of a nice pipe dream in my opinion. If allowing Muslims in only allow a tiny demographic and only for jobs no one else wants on a temporary visa.

            I’ve heard too many stories of Christian women feeling sorry for some bum and hoping to save them taking them in and having their kids corrupted or getting raped. If our father in heaven has led you to proselytize Muslims go and pick up your cross but as a country we are not going to save them. That’s how I see it.

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