Trump’s Spokesperson Denies that Trump Suggested a Call for a Muslim Registry—Here are Nine Instances That Prove This Statement Incorrect

by Devon Preston

In the week and a half since Trump was elected president, many of his supporters have acknowledged his plan to create a Muslim registry. In an interview with Reuters on November 15th, Kris Kobach, Kansas’s Secretary of State and a rumored cabinet member, said that he is already in the process of creating a proposal for Trump’s consideration to develop a registry for Muslim immigrants. Then on November 16th, Carl Higbie, the former spokesperson of a Pro-Trump super PAC, told Megyn Kelly of Fox News that a registry would hold “constitutional muster” and that similar regulations have benefitted the United States in the past, mentioning WWII’s Japanese internment camps as a precedent for actions against Muslims. Yet on November 17th, Jason Miller, a spokesperson for Trump’s transition team, released a statement saying that Trump never advocated for a registry of Muslim individuals. Miller reports that “President-elect Trump has never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false.” Over the course of his campaign, however, Trump and his team have spoken out on many different occasions about his plan to develop a database for Muslim’s entering the United States as well as a plan to place a ban on Muslims coming into the country. In the week since Trump was elected president, Kris Kobach, Kansas’s Secretary of State and a rumored cabinet member, says that he is already in the process of creating a proposal for Trump’s consideration to develop a registry for Muslim immigrants  Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the nine instances where Trump made clear of his intention to regulate Muslims.

1. November 19th, 2015 Trump is quoted saying that he believes that he plans to implement a database for Muslims entering the U.S. by an NBC Reporter at a campaign rally in Newton, IA.

“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases…Right now we have to have a border, we have to have strength, we have to have a wall…I would certainly implement that.”

2. December 7th, 2015 Trump addresses the statement that he made in Newton, IA and says that he plans to enforce a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States at a campaign rally in Mount Pleasant, SC.

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our county’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

3. January 11th, 2015 Trump is asked by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to clarify his plans to regulate and ban Muslims from the entering the U.S.

“We’re talking about a short-term basis, temporary…We’ve got to figure out what’s going on in this country.”

4. May 11th, 2016 Trump explains his plans for immigration reform on Fox New’s “On The Record” Segment.

“We’ll look at the Muslim ban or temporary ban as we call it, and we’ll look at some other things on immigration.”

5. May 11th, 2016 Trump talks with radio station “Kilmeade and Friends” about Major of London, Sadiq Khan and Trump’s plan to have “exceptions” to the ban on Muslims.

“It’s a temporary ban, it hasn’t been called for yet, it’s just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.”

6. May 13th, 2016 Trump addresses if he plans to adjust his stance on banning Muslims after Paul Ryan refuses to endorse him on NBC’s “Today Show.”

“I’m looking at it very strongly. We have a problem with radical Islamic terrorism…I’m not softening my stance, but I am always flexible on issues…We have a major problem and we have to look at the problem and we have to solve the problem.

7. June 13th, 2016 Trump addresses a ban on Syrians with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“We have to have a ban from Syria and from parts of the world with this philosophy that is so hateful.”

8. June 13th, 2016 Trump discusses immigration ban after the Pulse shooting at a campaign rally in Portsmouth, NH.

“When I’m elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies.”

9. October 9th, 2016 Trump answered a question the ban on Muslims posed by moderator Martha Raddatz at the Second Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

“The Muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into an extreme vetting from areas of the world…We are going to areas like Syria where they’re coming in by the tens of thousands…We have no idea who they are, where they are from, what their feeling about our country are…this is going to be the great Trojan Horse of all time.”

Photos via Fox News, Videos via NBC News, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Kilmeade and Friends

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