Reince Priebus, future White House Chief of Staff, tried his best to defend Donald Trump’s campaign promise that he will put all Muslims on a registry.
While still campaigning, Trump explained to NBC News how his administration will go wherever Muslims are and “sign there people up” for a database. Trump later denied that he ever said anything about creating a registry for Muslims.
During an interview on Sunday, NBC host Chuck Todd called attention to the fact that Trump chose Gen. Michael Flynn, who also promotes fear of Muslims, as the national security advisor.
“Can you equivocally rule out a registry for Muslims?” Todd asked Priebus.
“Look, I’m not going to rule out anything,” Priebus hesitated. “But we’re not going to have a registry based on a religion. But I think what we’re trying to do is say that there are some people — certainly not all people, Chuck — there are some people that are radicalized. And there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country.”
“Doesn’t President-elect Trump agree with Gen. Flynn that fear of Muslims is rational?” Todd continued.
“He believes that no faith in and of itself should be judged as a whole,” Priebus stammered. “But there are some people in countries abroad that need to be prevented from coming into this country.”
“I think that’s where 99 percent of Americans are at,” he concluded.