As the Trump transition team discusses creating a national registry for Muslims, surrogates are citing Japanese internment camps as “precedent.”
Wednesday night Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and current Trump supporter, told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that the internment camps for Japanese-Americans back during WWII show that there is precedent for a national registry for Muslims.
“It is legal; they say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the the [American Civil Liberties Union] is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. And we’ve done it with Iran back — back a while ago, we did it during World War II with Japanese, which, call it what you will, it may be wrong—” he said before Kelly cut him off.
“Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps. You know better than to suggest that. That’s the kind of thing that gets people scared, Carl.”
“No, no, no, I’m not proposing that at all, Megyn, but what I am saying is we need to protect America first. I’m just saying there’s precedent for it, I’m not saying I agree with it, but in this case I absolutely believe—“
Kelly, who seemed shocked at the suggestion, responded,
“You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is going to do.”
But not backing down, Higbie continued,
“Look, the president needs to protect America first, and if that means having people that are not protected under our Constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand- until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it.”