Bernie Sanders: ‘Trump’s Muslim database idea outrageous and bigoted!’
S en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says Donald Trump's suggestion the U.S. set up a database to register and track Muslims is "outrageous and bigoted."
The Democratic presidential contender took to Twitter to blast the GOP front-runner on Friday, adding that Trump "should be ashamed of himself."
Trump sparked controversy following last week's Paris terror attacks by suggesting a database for U.S. Muslims, as well as special identification or warrantless searches to allow law enforcement to keep tabs on those of the Islamic faith.
Trump also argued that such a registry would have the force of law and Muslims would be mandated to identify themselves.
“They have to be,” he said. “They have to be.”
Critics have pounced on the idea, likening it to Nazi Germany's treatment of minorities.
Trump has deflected questions about whether he saw such comparisons.
“You tell me,” Trump repeatedly responded when asked.
The other 2016 Democratic contenders have also denounced Trump's idea.
“This is shocking rhetoric,” tweeted Hillary Clinton, the party’s current front-runner for 2016, on Friday. “It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country.”
“When you hear people like Donald Trump talking about wanting to do ID cards based on religion, what the hell is that?” asked former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) on Friday. “I mean, how is that at all American?”
Several of Trump’s rivals for next year’s GOP presidential nomination have also criticized his remarks, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas).