A spokesman for a pro-Donald Trump super PAC cited World War II internment camps as "precedent" for a Muslim registry proposed the president-elect’s transition team during an interview Wednesday night on Fox News — comments that elected officials and community leaders are widely condemning.
"I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We've done it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese," Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and Trump supporter, told host Megyn Kelly.
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"You're not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope," Kelly responded. "You can't be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the President-elect is going to do."
Higbie pushed back, arguing the president needs to "protect America first and if that means having people that are not protected under our constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand...until we can identify the true threat and where it's coming from, I support it."
In a statement Wednesday morning, Democratic National Committee National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach criticized a "Muslim registry" as a "shameful and dangerous start" to Trump's presidency.