Hey Trump….let’s check the video.
Tuesday night, one of Trump’s top advisers stirred up quite a controversy. Kris Kobach suggested that there should be a national registry for Muslims.
Then things got even worse on Wednesday night, when another top Trump surrogate went on Fox’s The Kelly File. Carl Higbie told Megyn Kelly that the internment camps for Japanese-Americans back during WWII show that there is precedent for a national registry for Muslims.
By Thursday, Trump’s transition team figured out that this wasn’t playing well in the press. So spokesman Jason Miller tried his best to fix the situation. Miller said that the suggestion of Trump wanting a registry was “completely false.”
“[Trump] never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion.”
Full statement from Jason Miller re Trump and Muslim registry pic.twitter.com/38VctEk7X8
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 18, 2016
One problem. This is a big fat lie.
On November 19, Trump absolutely advocated for a Muslim registry. And you know how I know that? HE SAID IT ON TAPE.
An NBC reporter asked Trump, “Should there be a database system that tracks Muslims here in this country?”
“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems and today you can do it,” Trump answered.
Then the reporter asked, “But that’s something your White House would like to implement?”
“Oh, I would certainly implement that,” Trump stated firmly.