Expend to include the entire context please, in my opinion it changes the meaning entirely.
O'Reillly: Do you believe Muslim Americans fear you a little bit?
Trump: I hope not. I want to straighten things out. But it’s so important that they — and they’re tremendous people — it’s so important that when they see trouble going on, like they did in San Bernardino. I mean, there were numerous people that saw bombs all over this apartment floor, they knew something was going on. They never reported him or her. They never reported and that 14 people were killed and many, many people injured. Same thing here, you’re going to find out with this savage that did this horrible thing over the weekend that many people said, “Oh, I knew that was going to happen.” They have got to report him. Because the Muslims are the ones that see what’s going on. The Muslims are the ones that have to report him. And if they don’t report him, then they there have to be consequences to them..
Trump stepped all over his dick here, still to me this reads like Trump is saying people who knew should have said something, and if they knew something was going to happen they should have made an effort to warn the proper authorities. Specifically the wife of a cunt who shot up Orlando nightclub knew of this plan and did nothing. I hope there exist laws that can punish her and do so severely. So yes, I share this opinion with Trump, but I do not condemn all Muslims as some sort of blood libel nonsense and I do not believe Trump does either.
If I were of the opinion that Trump was a racist, and I saw/read that, I could see how my opinion would be reinforced and emboldened. But this is why I view actions as paramount in determining if someone is a racist. And when I look at Trump and see that he has worked with minorities in the past, was held in high regard with many prominent minority groups. As President he worked with minority groups, has visiting and done business on behalf of USA several Muslim countries. This actions contradict the view point of a racist or anti-Muslim person. Some may point to the travel ban, but no matter the argument of its legitemacy it still is not a total ban on all Muslims coming to US.
Now if Trump passes laws against Muslims in this country strictly because they are Muslim, well then we will be having a different conversation.
PS: Thank you for making me transcribe that interview since transcripts are not readily available.