With just five days left until the GOP nominee for president is likely determined, party front-runner Donald Trump once again attacked Muslims on Wednesday.
“I think Islam hates us,” he told CNN‘s Anderson Cooper when asked whether he believed the religion was “at war with the West.”
Although Trump said the war was against radical Islam, he added that “it’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.”
“We have to get to the bottom of it,” the billionaire businessman continued. “There is an unbelievable hatred of us – anybody. And we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States.”
Trump kicked up a firestorm in December when he proposed a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S.” Despite bipartisan backlash against the ban, Trump continues to stand by his proposal.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension,” he said at the time. “Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
Asked on Wednesday whether he thought the hatred was “in Islam itself,” Trump replied to Cooper: “You’re going to have to figure that out, okay? You’ll get another Pulitzer.”