CNN contributor Van Jones responded to Donald Trump’s call to racially profile Muslims on Monday by pointing out that Americans were “seven times more likely to be killed by a right-wing extremist.”
During a Sunday interview, the presumptive GOP nominee suggested that he would consider racial profiling as a tactic to prevent terrorism.
“Well I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump told CBS News. “And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads.”
On Monday, Jones pointed out that racially profiling Muslims would be an ineffective way to prevent mass shootings.
“I just think it’s really interesting that we’re talking about racially profiling in the context of mass shootings,” he noted. “The vast majority of the people who are doing the mass shootings in America aren’t Muslims at all.”
“Young white men,” CNN host Brooke Baldwin sighed.
Jones continued: “You are seven times more likely to be killed by a right wing extremist — a racist or an anti-government nutjob — seven times more likely than a Muslim.”
“If I came on TV and said let’s start racially profiling white men, let’s start racially profiling young, white men who are loners with bowl haircuts, people would think, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty unfortunate conclusion for you to come to,'” he added. “If a Christian shoots somebody, we don’t say a Christian shot them. But if a Muslim shoots somebody, we say a Muslim shot them. I think that’s starting to muddy the waters.”
Watch the video below from CNN.