Donald Trump had a message for Muslim Americans Tuesday morning: "We love you and we want to work with you."
But, he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
program, he also wants American-Muslims to turn in people like the San Bernardino shooters.
"This morning we learned that $28,000 was poured into this guy's account, this horrible person that did the shooting along with his wife, his radicalized wife," Trump told the program during a long call-in interview.
"You should be more scared about that by far, than anything I'm saying. I'm using common sense."
He told the program that he spoke before thousands of people when he outlined his plan to stop Muslims from coming into the United States, and he got "a standing ovation and they wouldn't stop."
Trump emphasized that his call is for a temporary ban until the country's representatives can figure out what's going on.
But the GOP front-runner said he's not worried about party leaders and his fellow candidates, who have condemned his call to ban Muslims from coming into the United States.
"They condemn practically everything I say and then they come to my side," Trump said. "They were condemning the [Mexican] wall, they were condemning illegal immigrants, they were condemning all of the things I've been espousing."
He told the program that after the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, it is "no longer the same city it was. They have sections in Paris that are radicalized where the police refuse to go there. We have places in London and other places that are so radicalized that the police are afraid for their own lives.
"We have to be very smart and very vigilante. We have to find out who gave this guy $28,000 and put it in his account. How many other $28,000 checks were made? Are there thousands all over the country?"
And Trump does think Americans should be very afraid "of the other side, not my side. I want to get our hands around a very difficult situation."
Trump also denied that his plan is unconstitutional.
"You look at Franklin Roosevelt, a respected president, highly respected, take a look at presidential proclamations back a long time ago . . . What he was doing with Germans, Italians and Japanese," said Trump. "He had to do it. Look, we're at war with radical Islam. We're at war."
But he denied some claims being made that he's proposing internment camps for Muslims, such as the ones that were built to house Japanese-American citizens during World War II.
"You have to look at his presidential proclamations," said Trump of Roosevelt. "It was tough stuff. It wasn't internment. We're not talking about Japanese internment camps. No, not at all. We have to get a hand around a very serious problem. It's getting worse. You'll have more World Trade Centers if we don't toughen up, smarten up and use our heads."
Trump said he does have Muslim friends, and claimed they agree with his position, as "they say when they become radicalized, they become different people."
However, he said he'd like to engage the Muslim community to help, but "they're not helping us . . . They should be reporting that their next door neighbor is making pipe bombs and they've got them all over the place.
"The mother in the apartment, his friend was buying him rifles. The Muslims have to help us. Without the Muslim community we would have to get very tough and much tougher and I don't want to do that."
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