In an interview on Fox and Friends this morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed the recent bombing in New York City and bragged that he “called it.”
Trump said in the interview that he should be a newscaster because “I called it before the news” and that he knew this would happen. This is another instance of Trump seemingly taking credit for being right during a tragedy; after 49 people were killed in a shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando over the summer, Trump tweeted, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism…”
In the interview on Monday, Trump used the New York bombing as evidence that the Obama administration is not tough on terror. But when pressed on specifics, Trump had difficulty explaining what he would change in his administration.
Trump told Fox host Steve Doocy that to fight terrorism, “we’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there.” When Doocy asked Trump what that means, Trump responded, “Like knock the hell out of them.” There have been nearly 10,000 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq alone since 2014.
Trump also claimed in the interview that police across the United States know “who these people are” but are afraid to act because it would be politically correct. The Republican candidate also suggested that racial profiling is not such a bad thing.
“You know in Israel, they profile,” Trump said. “They’ve done an unbelievable job. As good as you can do.”
In this interview, Trump went on to say that the rise of ISIS can be blamed on Hillary Clinton and the fact that the U.S. withdrew from Iraq. Trump in the past has gone on record in support of withdrawing from Iraq.
“You know how they get out? They get out,” Trump told CNN in 2007. “That’s how they get out. Declare victory and leave, because I’ll tell you, this country is just going to get further bogged down. They’re in a civil war over there, Wolf. There’s nothing that we’re going to be able to do with a civil war. They are in a major civil war.”