Clinton Blasts Trump's Remarks about Registering Muslims

Washington: Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Friday condemned Donald Trump's comments that Muslims in America should be registered in a database.

Trump, leading the polls for the Republican nomination, has issued several controversial remarks about Muslims and Syrian refugees in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.

Clinton took issue with his Thursday night remarks, which appeared to draw comparisons with Nazi Germany.

"This is shocking rhetoric. It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country," Clinton wrote on Twitter.

Trump was asked by NBC News on Thursday whether he would support creating a database system to track Muslims.

"I would certainly implement that. Absolutely," Trump told the network at a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa.

Fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush, who has been denounced for suggesting Christian refugees should be prioritized over Muslims, joined Clinton in criticizing Trump for his remarks, saying Americans do not have to abandon their values to be resolute in fighting extremism.

"You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people, and that's just wrong," Bush told CNBC on Friday.

"That's not strength, that's weakness."



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