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Trump Blames Terrorism On ‘Freedom Of Expression’

The Constitution’s guarantee of a free press is partly to blame for terrorism, Donald Trump claimed Monday morning in response to the bombing in New York City two days earlier.

The Republican presidential nominee, during an interview on Fox and Friends, also called for more police profiling and blasted President Obama for accepting war refugees from Syria and elsewhere.

When one of the program’s hosts asked Trump how to protect Americans from “people who are radicalized here,” the candidate responded: “They’re all talking about it so wonderfully because, you know, it’s called ‘freedom of the press,’ where you buy magazines and they tell you how to make these same bombs that I saw. They tell you how to make bombs.”

Trump declared that authorities “should arrest the people that do that because they’re participating in crime.” The problem, he said, is that people believe “you can’t do anything; that’s freedom of expression.”

ThinkProgress reported that Trump criticized the refugee program for allowing dangerous people to enter the country. However, the news site noted that of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have resettled in the United States since 9/11, only three have been arrested on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.

Trump’s opposition to refugees is just one of his anti-immigration proposals. He also has vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, deport all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who are living illegally in the United States, and temporarily ban Muslim immigration from certain parts of the world.

Source: Think Progress
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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