Watch: Trump Backer Cites Horrifying Historical 'Precedent' for Muslim Registry

In his first televised interview after winning the election, Donald Trump was confronted by "60 Minutes" reporter Leslie Stahl about the fact that many Americans had legitimate fears about his proposed policies. 


“Don’t be afraid," Donald Trump said in response. 

But just days after his statement came some terrifyingly fascist commentary from one of his backers while being interviewed by Megyn Kelly on Fox. Carl Higbie, former Navy SEAL and spokesman for the pro-Trump Great American PAC, cited the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as both a legitimate historical precedent and an explanation for why Trump's registry of immigrants from Muslim countries would comply with the Constitution.

HIGBIE: Yeah, and to be perfectly honest, it is legal. They say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the ACLU is gonna challenge it, but I think it’ll pass, and we’ve done it with Iran back – back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, you know, call it what you will, maybe —

KELLY: Come on. You’re not — you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope.

HIGBIE: No, no, no. I’m not proposing that at all, Megyn, but what I am saying is we need to protect America from —

KELLY: You know better than to suggest that. I mean, that’s the kind of stuff that gets people scared, Carl.

HIGBIE: Right, but it’s — I’m just saying there is precedent for it, and I’m not saying I agree with it, but in this case I absolutely believe that a regional based —

KELLY: You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is gonna do.

HIGBIE: Look, the president needs to protect America first, and if that means having people that are not protected under our Constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand, until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it.

Higbie did, however, agree with Kelly on one point:

"There's always a case for abuse in this thing," he said. 

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