Originally Posted by the shah
But he did say that. Of course, the reporter brought it up but his response isn't ambiguous. The question was, "Should there be a database system that tracks muslims in this country." He replied in the affirmative, "There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it." That's not careful editing, that's verbatim. Then for clarification, he was asked, "And that's something your white house would implement?" He responded, "Oh I would certainly implement that. Absolutely." I'm not sure how you can conclude otherwise as it's pretty direct.
I don't hate him, I don't even think he matters really, let alone this nonsense.
But, he didn't say that. "There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases" does not mean there should be a database that tracks Muslims.
And intentionally or not, you are editing what he said.
Reporter: Should there be a database system that tracks Muslims who are in this country?
Trump: There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems, and today you can do it. But right now we need to have a border, we have to have strength, we have to have a wall, and we cannot let what’s happening to this country happen any longer.
Reporter: Is that something your White House would like to implement?
Donald Trump: I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.
Reporter: What do you think the effect of that would be? How would that work?
Trump: It would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally.
The "I would certainly implement that. Absolutely" is pretty clearly referring to building the wall, which he's been calling for from the beginning. A registry obviously wouldn't stop people from coming in illegally, it would only make a list of who's already here. So Trump was not referring to the registry.
Trump may very well want all Muslims to register. But he hasn't affirmatively said so. Pretending he did is bad journalism.Edited by Harold falcon - 11/21/15 at 10:50am