27% of Muslims are very militant, claims Trump

Published: March 14, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that more than one-fourths of Muslims are “very militant”.

In latest controversial statements adding to his anti-Muslim rhetoric, Trump told Fox News, “It’s (militant Muslims) 27 per cent, could be 35 per cent, would go to war, the hatred is tremendous.” The Republican presidential frontrunner’s comments came in response to a question whether more than 100,000 of the 1.6 billion Muslims are fighting for jihadist causes.

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“You’re saying that out of 1.5 billion, 100,000, let me tell you, whoever did that survey was about as wrong as you can get,” Trump said.

“Why don’t you take a look at the Pew poll that came out very recently or fairly recently, where I think the number … it’s something like 27 per cent are really very militant about going after things … And you’ll have to look at it. They did a very strong study. Let’s see what it says. But it’s a very significant number. It’s not 100,000 people, I can tell you that. It’s a ridiculous number,” he claimed.

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Trump’s remarks come days after he said he thinks “Islam hates us” and asserted that those having hatred against the US cannot be allowed to enter the country.

The 69-year-old billionaire made headlines in December when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

In his remarks on Sunday, he said, “It would be easier for me to say, “Oh, no, everybody loves us. But there’s something going on. There’s a big problem. And radical Islamic terrorism is taking place all over the world.”

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“You look at what happened in Paris, you look at what happened in California recently with the 14 people killed by co-workers, by people where they gave ’em baby showers and then they walk in and they kill ’em, they shoot ’em. They had no guns, they had no weapons. They had no nothing. They shot them. They killed them all,” he argued.

Trump said that he has heard the figure of 20,000 to 30,000 troops needed to defeat Islamic State in the Middle East.

“But now, you have people chopping off heads, you have people drowning 40 and 50 people in steel cages at a time, and now, we have to do something. The reason we have to do it is because of the power of weaponry. They’re looking to get weapons, and they’re looking to acquire weapons that are going to be very, very horrible for our country if they ever do it,” he said.

This article originally appeared on Times of India.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Fahim
    Mar 14, 2016 - 4:52PM

    Roughly 400 million, I forgot that trump is in favor of Americans to keep weapons. Recommend

  • someone
    Mar 14, 2016 - 5:10PM

    Wrong figure Mr. Trump. Its way more than 27%.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Mar 14, 2016 - 7:03PM

    I think the actual number may just be in the millions, but the hidden hatred towards the white western culture is surely around 90%, if not more.Recommend

  • raw is war
    Mar 14, 2016 - 7:57PM


    300 Million arabs and 200 million Pakistanis make it 500 million.Recommend

  • umair
    Mar 14, 2016 - 8:28PM

    even though i think he is a racist who doesnt know what he is talking, he has a point here. there is a huge population of us muslims who have militant views. we can look around here in pakistan and see examples daily.Recommend

  • Point
    Mar 14, 2016 - 10:00PM

    Sorry but so far the people on war are either U.S. Forces, NATO, and other western forces. More than 90% of those forces are non-muslims and have been responsible for war crimes which comprise of 80% of the whole war.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 15, 2016 - 12:30AM

    @raw is war:
    Please add one 700 million Hindus….Recommend

  • Pakistaniat
    Mar 15, 2016 - 12:32AM

    Oh yes. Please look around. I don’t see hatred towards west in Pakistan. If that was the case we would have mullahs running pakistan and that has never happened.Recommend

  • jaan
    Mar 15, 2016 - 12:33AM

    Trump is an absolute loser. Recommend

  • curious2
    Mar 15, 2016 - 2:12AM


    Sorry but so far the people on war are
    either U.S. Forces, NATO, and other
    western forces. More than 90% of those
    forces are non-muslims ..

    Sounds great except that the facts don’t fit. The conflict in Pakistan/Afghanistan is almost entirely Muslim only – same goes with Syria and Iraq. Western forces do use their air-force but the vast majority of Muslim casualties are committed by fellow Muslims — has been that way for as long as I can remember.Recommend

  • Czabo
    Mar 17, 2016 - 6:55PM

    I thought it was 29%. Does that mean there is a 2% reduction in terrorist mentality already?Recommend

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