Donald J. Trump angered Hispanics when he referred to immigrants as criminals and rapists during the kickoff of his campaign in June. This week, he has put American Muslims on edge by suggesting that he would be open to shutting down mosques as president.
Asked on Fox Business Network if the United States should take action to close certain mosques as part of the fight against the Islamic State, as has happened in Britain, Mr. Trump said, “I would do that, absolutely.”
Mr. Trump then said that he was not sure about the legality of closing mosques, but that it was certainly something that should be looked at.
“It depends if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear,” he said.