A surrogate for Donald Trump says that internment camps provide precedent for a Muslim registry:
Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and booster of the President-elect, told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that such a registry was necessary until “we can identify the true threat” posed by Islamic extremists.
“We have in the past,” Higbie said. “We have done it based on race, we have done it based on religion, we have done it based on region.”
Kelly said that this created a “slippery slope” in which “some aggressive law enforcement actor might abuse that list.”
“There is always a case for abuse with this kind of thing,” Higbie replied, before continuing to advocate for it.
“Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope,” Kelly said.
Higbie said he was not, and Kelly admonished him, saying, “That’s the kind of stuff that gets people scared.”
“I’m just saying there is precedent for it and I’m not saying I agree with it—”
“You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the President-elect is going to do,” Kelly said, incredulously.
“Look, the president needs to protect America first and if that means having people who 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,” he replied.
Yeah, and while they’re at it, we could put them to work. Wouldn’t have to pay them much. Arbeit macht frei and all that.