Even though there is no way he could do this, the message is clear to the American people, it's time to stop treating these assholes with kid gloves Donald Trump: I would shut down certain mosques in U.S. if elected BY Adam Edelman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:08 PM John Locher/AP Trump made the comment during an interview about his strategy to fight ISIS. Donald Trump on Wednesday promised to close certain mosques in the U.S. if elected President. Trump, discussing his strategy to fight ISIS during an interview on Fox Business Network, also said he would revoke the passports of U.S. citizens who have traveled abroad to fight for ISIS. "I would do that," Trump said during a telephone interview after FBN host Jim Varney asked him if he would favor revoking passports and closing mosques. "Absolutely. I think it's great." EVERYONE WHO 'LOVES' DONALD TRUMP "If you go out, you go fight for ISIS, you can't come back. Why can't you do it? You can do it here," he added. Varney, however, then pressed the 2016 Republican front-runner, asking again: "Can you close a mosque? I mean, we do have religious freedom." "Well, I don't know," Trump responded in an apparent backpedal. "It depends on if the mosque is, you know, loaded for bear, I don't know. You're going to have to certainly look at it." The comments drew immediate rebuke from leaders within the Muslim-American community. ERIC THAYER / Reuters/REUTERS "Can you close a mosque? I mean, we do have religious freedom," pressed Fox Business News host Jim Varney. "It is truly outrageous that the leading Republican presidential candidate would announce openly that he would violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by closing down religious institutions," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based advocacy and rights organization, told The News. "I hope this finally prompts people to speak out against this off-the-rails Islamophobia that we are seeing from the right wing of the American political sector. " CHECK OUT OUR NEW APP: GET THE DAILY NEWS ON ANDROID OR IOS Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, called the comments "dangerous" and warned that unless other politicians publicly chastised Trump, his remarks could put people within the community at risk. "That the Republican front-runner for president is calling for the closing down of religious institutions in the land of religious freedom is outrageous," Sarsour told The News. "This rhetoric, if it's allowed to continue, has real consequences for the Muslim community in the U.S." "It creates suspicion and stigma against an entire community," she added. "It's unfair and unjust." Even Trump's fellow Republicans took issue with the remark, with Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island) — who himself hasn't exactly been an ally of the U.S. Muslim community — taking the candidate to task. "Donald Trump is talking before he knows what he's talking about. I have been critical of people in the Muslim community, but the fact is you can't be going around shutting down mosques," King said on Fox News Channel Wednesday. STRINGER/REUTERS The front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination also said he would revoke the passports of U.S. citizens who have traveled abroad to fight for ISIS. "I think we should have surveillance of mosques. I think we should be trying to find out what is going on in a mosque, find out if there's activity in that mosque, where there's weapons or conspiracy going on," he added. "Then yes you can take action. But to be casually, the way Donald Trump seems, to be talking about shutting down mosques? No." Trump's bombastic statement was far from his first offensive quip on the campaign trail. Last month at a rally in New Hampshire, a voter told Trump that "we have a problem in this country — Muslims. You know our President is one," during a question and answer session. Trump did nothing to correct the man about Obama's religions or take issue with the slur against Muslims. Ben Carson, Trump's closest competition in the race for the GOP nomination, has also been roundly criticized for directing offensive comments at the Muslim community. Last month the retired neurosurgeon said he wouldn't support a Muslim President, and repeatedly doubled down on the remark.