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*(Via Washington Post) – Americans and many around the world are feeling a lot less safe Monday morning than they did before the Paris attacks Friday. And perhaps nobody has been more willing and able to channel that fear and anxiety to his political benefit than Donald Trump.

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, the GOP front-runner said the United States needs to “watch and study” mosques and that he’d at least entertain the idea of closing some in America after the Paris attacks.

“Well, I would hate to do it, but it’s something that you’re going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred — the absolute hatred — is coming from these areas,” he said.

In case he gets blamed for saying something incongruent with the 1st Amendment, Trump added that closing mosques is “something that many people — not me — it’s something that many people are considering and that many people are going to do.” But still, the message from Trump here is clear: The world is a dangerous place, and the only way to stay safe is to elect a president who can protect — and to a large degree, insulate — America from it.

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