His statements seem to logical to some…..
Donald Trump’s rhetoric since the Paris terrorist attacks appears to have helped him with GOP primary voters, according to most polls. But Republican insiders are concerned that his words could come back to haunt the party as it seeks to appeal to a broader audience.
In recent days, Trump has suggested that the United States could have “no choice” but to close mosques. Even more controversially, he told an NBC News reporter he would “certainly” implement a system to register and track Muslims, though it was unclear whether he was referring to new immigrants or all Muslims on American soil.
“Long term, that is not something we will do or should do,” said GOP strategist Ed Rollins, who has worked for the past presidential campaigns of Republicans including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in 2008, and former Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) in 2012.
Asked about the implications of such rhetoric for the GOP at large, Rollins suggested that Trump’s candidacy from the beginning has posed problems.
“There is a lot of danger in some of the things that Trump has said, for a party that needs to reach out to Hispanics, needs to reach out to young voters, needs to reach out to women. Some of the rhetoric will be put back into play in the fall, and it is not positive,” he said.
Those are the dangers that recently elected Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seemed to be trying to guard against when he said that House legislation to halt Syrian refugees from entering the United States would “not have a religious test, only a security test.”
Trump has little immediate incentive to temper his overall approach, however. Several polls since the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 that left 130 people dead have shown him expanding his lead over the rest of the Republican presidential field. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
A new poll from NBC News released on Friday, one week after the attacks, put Trump 10 points clear of his closest rivals. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were tied for second place.
Carson had briefly overtaken Trump at the start of this month in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) national polling average. As of Friday evening, Trump’s lead had been restored to almost 3 percentage points.
The real estate mogul’s demise has been predicted since his campaign began. But he did appear to implicitly acknowledge that he had gone a little too far in his remarks about Muslims when he tweeted on Friday that, “I didn’t suggest a database — a reporter did.”