If Donald Trump intentionally set out each week to create as much controversy as possible, he could hardly do better than he’s doing already. Every interview, every rally, every tweet manages to ruffle feathers. Not just on the left, where we expect to see people get up in arms about conservative proposals, but also on the right, where Republican leaders feel compelled to speak out against Trump nearly as often as the Democrats.
This would be an annoying way for a presidential candidate to behave if it weren’t for the fact that so much of what Trump says is just so obviously true. And even the things he says that almost no one agrees with…they are things that should not be hidden or barred from public discussion.
Take the latest controversy for example. On Sunday’s edition of CBS’ Face the Nation, Trump said, “Profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country.”
Trump, speaking to the way the U.S. needs to begin addressing the threat of radical Islam in the wake of the Orlando attack, said it was imperative that our country explore even the most unfortunate options.
“Other countries do it,” he said. “You look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads.”
These comments have already attracted backlash from Republicans and Democrats alike, but there is no reason why this kind of discussion should be kept in the closet. No one loves the idea of racial or ethnic profiling, but we’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that a white grandmother from Idaho is just as likely to blow up a plane as a young Muslim from Michigan. No one believes that to be true, so why do we have airport security screenings that make no distinction between the two? It’s pure political correctness and nothing more. It makes us less safe, it expends precious resources on measures that don’t matter, and it puts “feelings” ahead of reality.
“If you go to France right now, they’re doing it,” he said. “In fact, in some instances, they’re closing down mosques.”
He added, “It’s not the worst thing to do.”
No, the worst thing to do would be to let innocent Americans die so that we don’t risk offending anyone.
In other words, what we’ve been doing.