Washington: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump during an interview on Wednesday said that he thinks “Islam hates us,” and said that there was “a tremendous amount of hatred there.”
“I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, deploring the “tremendous hatred”
Drawing little distinction between the religion and radical Islamic terrorism, he maintained the war was against radical Islam, but said, “it’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.”
When Anderson Cooper asked if the hate was “in Islam itself.”
Trump told Cooper: “You’re going to have to figure that out, OK?
“We have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful. And we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States.”
In December, Trump made headlines when he called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.,
“until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”