Donald Trump on Monday lamented political correctness in the wake of the explosion over the weekend in New York City, saying police are hamstrung because they don’t want to be accused of profiling and criticizing magazines that he said are providing how-to guides for building explosive devices.
“It’s a mess and it’s a shame, and we’re going to have to be very tough,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox and Friends.” “I think maybe we’re going to be seeing a big change over the last couple of days. I think this is something that maybe will happen, perhaps, more and more all over the country.”
Authorities on Monday said they’re searching for Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection with an explosion in New York City over the weekend that injured about 30 people.
Authorities are also investigating a pipe bomb explosion over the weekend in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and CNN reported on Monday that up to five devices were found in a backpack in a waste basket in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for a separate stabbing attack at a mall in Minnesota over the weekend.
“We’re going to have to hit them much harder over there and we’re going to have to find out…you know, our police are amazing. Our local police - they know who a lot of these people are,” Mr. Trump said. “They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling and they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things.”
“You know, in Israel they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job…Israel has done an unbelievable job, and they’ll profile. They profile,” he said. “They see somebody that’s suspicious, they will profile. They will take that person and they’ll check out.”
“Do we have a choice? Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? We’re trying to be so politically correct in our country,” he said. “And this is only going to get worse - this isn’t going to get better.”
Mr. Trump said “we’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there.”
“Like knock the hell out of ‘em,” he said. “And we have to get everybody together and we have to lead for a change, because we’re not knocking ‘em. We’re hitting ‘em every once in a while; we’re hitting ‘em in certain places. We’re being very gentle about it.”
“We’re going to have to be very tough. And you have other countries over there that are getting devastated far more than we are, and you have to get ‘em together - it’s called leadership,” he said. “And they have to fight…they have to fight the battle. The battle’s over there…and we can’t let any more people come into this country.”
“You know, we have people going over fighting for ISIS and coming back and we know they’re fighting for ISIS, and we take ‘em,” he said. “Once you leave this country, you fight for ISIS - you never come back.”
“We’re allowing these people to come in,” he said. “We don’t want to do any profiling. If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb on his back, we won’t go up to that person and say ‘I’m sorry’ because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we’re not allowed to profile. Give me a break.”
Mr. Trump also criticized magazines he said are making how-to guides for explosive devices.
“You buy magazines and they tell you how to make these same bombs that I saw, right?” he said. “People [will] go crazy - they’ll say, ‘oh, Trump is against freedom of the press.’ I’m…totally in favor of freedom of the press. But how do you allow magazines - these are magazines that tell you from step one, go to the store and buy such-and-such, right? Simple. Simple stuff - and it’s devastating.”
“You look at that with the nails inside. They tell you about the nails, what kind of nails to buy, what kind of manufacturer…they tell you how to make bombs. We should arrest the people that do that, [because] they’re participating in crime,” he said. “We should arrest them.”
“Instead, they say, ‘oh, no - you can’t do anything. That’s freedom of expression,’” he said. “The websites are the same thing - those people should be arrested because they’re inciting violence, OK? They’re making violence possible. They should be arrested immediately.”
“They have websites that tell how to make bombs, how to make all sorts of things…and you know where they’re coming from,” he said. “We don’t want to touch them because of freedom of speech.”