Stephanopoulos Points Out Trump Is Being "Compared To Hitler," Trump Suggests He Is More Like FDR

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From the December 8 edition of ABC's Good Morning America:

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GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): Well, the question is how would they figure out what was going on and how would you know that people are Muslims that are coming into the country, and and that is, it's not on any passport in the world, and you said you have a lot of support, cover of the Philadelphia Daily News right now, I want to show this to our viewers right now. It shows "The New Furor Over Donald Trump," showing you raising your hand in a pretty demonstrative gesture, and we heard from the Ibrahim Hooper, Council on American-Islamic Relations, saying are we talking internment camps, are we talking the final solution to the Muslim question? I feel like I'm back in the '30s. You're increasingly being compared to Hitler. Does that give you any pause at all? 

DONALD TRUMP: No, because what I'm doing is no different than FRD -- FDR's solution for Germans, Italians, Japanese, you know, many years ago  -- 

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're for internment camps? 

TRUMP: This is a president who was highly respected by all, he did the same thing, if you look at what he was doing, it was far worse.I mean, he was talking about the Germans because we're at war. We are now at war. We have a president that doesn't want to say that, but we are now at war. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: I've got to press you on that, sir. You're praising FRD there. I take it you're praising the setting up of internment camps for Japanese during World War II. 

TRUMP: No, I'm not. No, I'm not. No, I'm not. Take a look at presidential proclamations 2525, 2526 and 2527. Having to do with alien Germans, alien Italians, alien Japanese and what they did. You know, they stripped them of their naturalization proceedings. They went through a whole list of things.They couldn't go five miles from their homes. They weren't allowed to use radios, flashlights. I mean, you know, take a look at what FDR did many years ago, and he's one of the most highly respected presidents by -- I mean respected by most people. They named highways after him. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: You want to bring back policies like that? 

TRUMP: No, I don't want to bring it back, George, at all. I don't like doing it at all. It's a temporary measure until our representatives, many of whom are grossly incompetent, until our representatives can figure out what's going on. We just had a case where people, you know, many people were killed. We're going to have many more cases like that. We had somebody in this country that shouldn't be here. She came in. He came in. They were radicalized. They were looking at doing something. Miraculously yesterday they found $28,000 just put into his account. Just put into his account. He was paid a lot of money just put in -- where did that money come from, George? I'll bet you will be surprised to find out where. There are many, many other people like him in this country right now.

Previously:

NBC News' Richard Engel On Trump's Proposal To Ban Muslims: "This Is Really Not The Country I Know"

On Fox, Donald Trump Claims He Will Shut Down All Muslim Immigration To US For "The Safety Of Our Country"

Islamophobic Organization's Misleading Poll Used To Justify Donald Trump's Call To Ban Muslims From America

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