Democratic Presidential Candidates Remark on Calls for Muslim Ban

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4:06 | 12/20/15

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Back to something you mentioned a short time ago YouTube brought up Donald Trump first here this evening. We've now seen the polling done well after his proposed ban on Muslims coming to America. 36% of Americans more than a third agree with them. You have weighed in already and Donald Trump you've weighed in on the proposed ban but what would you say to the millions of Americans watching tonight who agree with him are they wrong. Well I think a lot of people are understandably. Reacting out of fear and anxiety. About what they're seeing it first what they saw on Paris. Now what they have seen in San Bernardino. And mr. trump has a great capacity. To use blaster and bigotry to inflame people. And to make them think there are easy answers to very complex questions so what I would say is number one. We need to be united against the threats that we face. We need to have everybody in our country focused on watching what happens and reporting it if it's suspicious reporting what you hear. Making sure that Muslim Americans. Don't steal last doubt or marginalized. At the very moment when we need their help. You know I was a senator from New York after 9/11 and we spent countless hours trying to figure out. How to protect the city and the state from perhaps additional attacks one of the best things that was done. And George W. Bush did this and I give him credit. Was to reach out to Muslim Americans and say we are in this together you are not our adversary you are our partner. And we also need to make sure that that really discriminatory messages that trump is sending around the world. Don't fall on receptive ears he is becoming licenses best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos up Donald trapped inside. And more radical jihadist so I want to explain why this is not in America's interest to react with this kind. A fear and respond to this sort of bigotry sec. Or Terry thank you senator Sanders I didn't want to ask you but in neighboring San Bernardino who reportedly witnessed packages being delivered to that couple's home that it set off red flags. But they didn't report it because they were afraid to profile. What would you say to Americans afraid to profile is it ever acceptable. Well. The answer is obviously if you see suspicious activity your report that's look kind of a no Breda. You know somebody is loading guns and ammunition at the White House I think it's a good idea to call 91 want to do it. What I'm asking all. Did not qualify want to allow you don't RRY talk about something else the secretary put a debate some interest in a good points. What you'll have now is a very dangerous moment in American history secretary is right. Old people are fearful they are anxious and a number of weapons. They are anxious about international terrorism and the possibility of another were packed in America we all understand that but you know what else their anxious about. They're anxious about the fact that they are working incredibly long hours. They're worried about their kids and they're seeing wool load new incumbent while virtually all of it going to the top 1% and that looked around them and don't look at it watch it again. And as saying the rich are getting much work truck I'm getting four. What are you gonna do about what you gonna do for my kids at summer electric truck comes along it's a I don't know the answer is the answer is that all the Mexicans. Dick criminals that break with we don't hate the Mexicans exposing your enemies we hate all the Muslims because all of the Muslims are terrorists we don't hate the Muslims. Meanwhile. The rich get richer so what I say to those people who go to die. Donald Trump's Roberts on this thread he thinks a low minimum wage in America is a good idea he thinks low wages all right good audio. I believe we stand together. To address the real issues facing this country not allow that to divide us by race away we can't fraught. Let's grade an America that works for all of us thought the handful of top ten thank.

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