WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence defended his running mate’s call for increased profiling of Muslim Americans as both necessary to protect against further terror attacks, and as something that can be done consistent with American rights and values.
Asked in an interview with WUSA9 what Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call for increased profiling of Muslims would look like practically, Pence said any changes would reflect the needs of law enforcement.
“I think what Donald Trump and I believe is what we hear from a lot of law enforcement officers across the country, and that is that in this season of political correctness, that too often that sensibility, that sensitivity, interrupts the ability of law enforcement officers to be able to do their job, and identify people,” Pence said.
Pence argued that political correctness stops law enforcement officers from taking steps they might otherwise to root out homegrown terrorists, but did not specify what those steps would include.
“We can uphold the freedom and the rights of our citizens and still support the common-sense practices of law enforcement officers to identify people who represent a threat to our families and our communities,” he continued.
Pence’s comments come as the presidential candidates are once again grappling with the issue of terrorism and national security, and who would be best suited to be commander in chief.
While their domestic-based solutions to fighting terrorism differ wildly, Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton each called on Monday for muscular responses to the Islamic State and other terrorist groups abroad.
Speaking to reporters Monday morning, Clinton emphasized her experience fighting terrorism as secretary of state.
“I won’t get into classified information, but I have sat at that table in the Situation Room. I’ve analyzed the threats. I’ve contributed to actions that have neutralized our enemies,” Clinton said. “I know how to do this and I understand how we don’t want this to get even bigger than it already is.”