On November 17, lead paint factory explosion Donald Trump was “open to” the idea of forcing all Muslims in the United States to belong to a database system tracking their movements, he told Yahoo. By Thursday, he was saying he would “absolutely” implement that plan, stonily responding “You tell me” to an NBC reporter who asked how it differs from the forced registration of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Here’s the full clip, via NBC, which truly must be seen to be believed.

Trump said he would “absolutely” implement the registry to Vaughn Hillyard of NBC, and responded that he would get Muslims to sign up through “good management, good management.”

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Hillyard asked if there would be “a difference between requiring Muslims to register and Jews in Nazi Germany.”

“You tell me,” Trump replied. And then, three more times, “You tell me.”

Hillyard was interviewed by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC last night, where they basically just tried to make sense of the nonsensical.

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“I think there would be a reason for the Muslim community to be concerned in the United States, if that’s being suggested,” Hillyard told Maddow. He also said he’d approached members of Trump’s team off-camera to ask if they wanted to er, clarify any of this, which they didn’t.

Even if you understand Trump is making up every word of this as he goes along, with no real idea about implementation, no inkling of the legal and moral issues here, and, ultimately, no intention of actually being President, this is really something.


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Trump at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, November 19, 2015. Photo via AP Images