"I think Islam hates us," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper, deploring the "tremendous hatred" that he said partly defined the religion. He maintained the war was against radical Islam, but said, "it's very hard to define.
Asked if the hate was "in Islam itself," Trump would only say that was for the media to figure out.
"You're gonna have to figure that out, OK?" he told Cooper. "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."
Trump made headlines in December when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." Despite widespread condemnation of the remarks, Trump has stood by the proposal.
In speaking with Cooper, Trump added that "there can be no doctrine" when asked to outline how he would project power overseas.
Trump also tried to clarify his position on how far he would go in targeting the families of terrorists. He has said in the past that he is in favor of "expanding the laws" that govern how the U.S. can combat and deter terrorism, and Trump has called to bring back waterboarding, even vowing the U.S. "should go a lot further than waterboarding."
By the way, it would be a serious mistake to fancy that Trump's views about Muslims or Islam are exceptions to the rule amongst the Republican candidates. No, his views - although blunt and not so sophisticated - are not much different than those of guys like Rubio and Cruz, who are smarter in mincing their spoken words better than the arrogant and boastful Trump.
Such views of Republican candidates should not be brushed away by anyone, esp. any minority, because as history has taught us such views are precursors to something very nasty brewing - fascism. When that beast unleashes, no separation would be made between a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu or a Buddhist. That is what bigotry and racism does! It is high time to wake up and condemn such views strongly.