Donald Trump calls for law enforcement to racially profile suspects

In the wake of an explosion that injured 29 people in New York, the Republican candidate insists that police need to be less "politically correct"

Donald Trump calls for law enforcement to racially profile suspects

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts after delivering a campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina | Image: Gerald Herbert / AP/Press Association Images

In the wake of a bombing in New York which injured 29 people, Donald Trump has called for law enforcement officers to profile suspects. 

Speaking on Fox and Friends on Monday morning after a number of suspicious devices were found in New Jersey and a device exploded in a busy Manhattan neighbourhood, Trump stated that the United States needed to get more involved in the conflict in Syria, and allow police officers to profile suspects. 

Citing Israel as an example, Trump said: "Our local police, know who these people are, but they're afraid to do anything about it and they don't want to be accused of profiling, and they don't want to be accused of all sorts of things."

"You know, In Israel they profile, they've done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do, but Israel has done an unbelievable job and they profile," added Trump. "They see somebody that's suspicious they will profile, they will take that person and they'll check out...Do we have a choice? Look what's going on. Do we really have a choice? We're trying to be so politically correct in our country, this is only going to get worse. 

Turning to the topic of immigration, Trump stated that he had been predicting for years that things would "only get worse," and that "you have to stop them coming in to the country."

Suggesting that the United States needed to take some more extreme measures both at home and abroad, Trump said: "We're going to have to do something extremely tough over there, like knock the hell out of them."

"We're being very gentle about it," he added "we're going to have to be very tough [...] and we can't let any more people come into this country."

Crticising his opponent, Hillary Clinton, for stating that she would not put troops on the ground in Syria, and that her policies would bring "hundreds of thousands" of people who "have such hatred and sickness in their hearts" through the borders of the United States. 

"This is one group, but you have many, many groups," said Trump. "We're allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country, and make it unsafe for people."

"We're allowing the people come in, we don't want to do any profiling. If somebody looks like he's got a massive bomb on his back, we won't go up to that person because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we're not allowed to profile, give me a break."

Hillary Clinton hit back, however, stating that the rhetoric used by the Republican candidate has been employed online for recruitment of terrorists, and that his comments are "giving aid and comfort to our adversaries."