Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says Donald Trump’s suggestion the U.S. set up a database to register and track Muslims is “outrageous and bigoted.”
The Democratic presidential contender took to Twitter to blast the GOP front-runner on Friday, adding that Trump “should be ashamed of himself.”
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 20, 2015
Trump sparked controversy following last week’s Paris terror attacks by suggesting a database for U.S. Muslims, as well as special identification or warrantless searches to allow law enforcement to keep tabs on those of the Islamic faith.
“I would certainly implement that,” he said on Thursday. “[The database] would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally.”
Trump says the measures are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks by Islamist militants such as the massacre in Paris, which left at least 129 people dead.
Trump also argued that such a registry would have the force of law and Muslims would be mandated to identify themselves.
“They have to be,” he said. “They have to be.”
Critics have pounced on the idea, likening it to Nazi Germany’s treatment of minorities.
Trump has deflected questions about whether he saw such comparisons.
“You tell me,” Trump repeatedly responded when asked.
The other 2016 Democratic contenders have also denounced Trump’s idea.