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Donald Trump Says Muslims Failed To Report Suspicious Activity In Their Neighborhoods

On Wednesday, Donald Trump condemned Muslims for not reporting suspicious activity within their own communities. The GOP presidential front-runner said it was "a disgrace" that a suspect behind last year's Paris attacks had been found after a long manhunt by police in an area of Brussels where he lived.

In addition, he condemned the "outrageous" attacks on the Brussels airport and metro stating he would "hit ISIS so hard you wouldn't believe it." Yet, Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May hit back at Trump by saying he was "absolutely plain wrong" to blame Muslims for failing to report extremists.

May said that the police must work with Muslim communities to "ensure that everything we do is about uniting our communities and not about dividing them."

In December, Trump caused an uproar by claiming that parts of London were so radicalized that there were "no-go areas" for police because they were "scared for their lives." Of the Paris attack suspect, Trump said "He was in his neighborhood where he grew up and nobody even turned him in and supposedly this is retribution for that. It's a disgrace."

May replied, "I understand he has said that Muslims were not coming forward in the United Kingdom to report matters of concern. This is absolutely not the case. He is just plain wrong and that has--as I understand it--been confirmed by Neil Basu from the Metropolitan Police this morning. We do see people in Muslim communities around the United Kingdom who are as concerned as everybody else is in the UK – both about the attacks that have taken place but also about the perversion of Islam that has underlined the ideology that has led to violence and we work with them and will continue to work with them to ensure that everything we do is about uniting our communities and not about dividing them."

Regarding the San Bernardino terror attacks on December 14, Trump said "A lot of people in the community knew they were going to do it because in their apartment they had bombs all over the floor...and they didn't report them. I don't know what it is. It's like they're protecting each other but they're really doing very bad damage. They have to open up to society, they have to report the bad ones."

Neil Basu, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police told the BBC, "Trump is wrong. There is a generational problem here. We need more reporting from the Muslim community and all communities. If we demonize one section of society that's the worst thing we can do. We do see a spike in hate crimes [after attacks] but we do deal with it very forcibly and we work closely with communities to try and prevent it."

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