On Monday evening, Donald Trump spoke in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The event was a Pearl Harbor rally on the USS Yorktown, and Trump talked for an hour. His speech took place a few hours after his mission statement (calling for a “complete shutdown” of Muslims in the U.S.) surfaced. A number of Trump’s fellow presidential candidates weighed in on Trump’s stance with varying results.
Trump used part of this speech to detail his Muslim “friends,” who (according to Trump) support keeping Muslims out of the United States: “I have friends that are Muslims. They’re great people, but they know we have a problem.” Trump asserted how most Muslims wish to “change your religion.” He referenced sketchy poll data (which has been proven to be biased and flawed) to back up his religion-changing claim. He then mentioned Sharia law, which prompted boos from the crowd.
Trump moved onto the San Bernardino mass shooting and said profiling would have been useful in preventing the attacks. He vowed to protect his fans from the consequences of favoring racial profiling:
“I watched the next door neighbor saying ‘oh well, we didn’t report them because we didn’t want to racially profile’ or ‘we didn’t want to profile.’ Give me a break. When we see violations, you have to report those violations and quickly. Don’t worry about profiling. I promise I will defend you from profiling.”