On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump helpfully clarified his position on establishing a mandatory database to track Muslims in the United States: He’s all for it. Never heard a better idea. Can’t believe he didn’t think of it sooner. When can we start?

Trump alluded to the notion in an interview published by Yahoo News earlier in the day, referencing the “frankly unthinkable” things he would do—and presumably has done, to have gotten this far in his candidacy—as president.

Between campaign events in Iowa, he told an NBC News reporter, “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.”

“It would be good management,” he explained, in a video that can be seen on MSNBC.com. “Good management procedures.”

“You sign them up at different places,” he said, when asked whether he would go into mosques. “It’s all about management.”

(Earlier this week, Trump suggested that some mosques ought to be closed, because “really bad things are happening, and they’re happening fast.”)

Asked whether registration would be mandatory, Trump said: “They have to be.”


Later, Trump was repeatedly asked to explain the difference between requiring Muslims to enter their information into a database and making Jewish people register in Nazi Germany. He responded four times by saying, “You tell me.”

Well! At least that’s all cleared up.

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