CNN added the word “racial” to Donald Trump’s Monday comments on terrorism and immigration and is running headlines reporting that the GOP presidential nominee spoke of using “racial profiling” to stop terrorism.
But a review of the transcript of Trump’s comments to Fox News that CNN quoted shows that Trump never used the word “racial” in his comments to the network and only spoke of “profiling.”
“You know in Israel, they profile,” Trump said Monday to Fox News. “They’ve done an unbelievable job — as good as you can do. But Israel has done an unbelievable job. And they’ll profile. They profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious. They will profile. They will take that person in. They will check out.”
In a later interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump also expressed a need to profile in the manner Israel does, but again didn’t use the word “racial.” When pressed by O’Reilly how the profiling would work, Trump wouldn’t elaborate.
“It works. If we see somebody that we think could be a problem at airports and other places you talk to them and you see what’s going on. We don’t do that. Not much.”
CNN has been running headlines throughout the day that specifically quotes Trump as using the words “racial profiling.” CNN.com also is using the term “racial profiling” in its headlines.
The decision by CNN to add “racial” to Trump’s comments comes in the wake of intense criticism this weekend after the network edited out a key portion of Hillary Clinton’s Saturday night statement following the terror attacks in New York and New Jersey.
In a gaggle with the press aboard her campaign plane after the attacks occurred, the Democratic nominee referred to the explosions as “bombings,” as Trump had earlier in the evening.
Trump was later criticized on the network and elsewhere for using the word “bomb” too soon.