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Donald Trump: Give Syrian Refugees 'Swatch of Land' for Safe Zone

Trump took the stage in Tennessee armed with the certainty that he’d been right all along — and a new plan for what to do with Syrian refugees.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.Wade Payne / AP

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Donald Trump took the stage in Tennessee armed with the certainty that he’d been right all along, and a new plan for what to do with Syrian refugees.

The GOP frontrunner told the nearly 10,000 person crowd at the Knoxville Convention Center that his prescription for the Middle East had one again been proven correct.

"We have no documentation on these people. And I said — you probably saw a couple weeks ago — I’m looking at this migration, it’s a terrible thing — I have a tremendous heart, I want to take care of people — you look at this migration, I said to my wife the other day: 'You know, they seem like so many men.'"

Trump continued: "We have a president that wants to take hundreds of thousands — hundreds of thousands — of people and move them into our country."

The crowd booed in disapproval.

Trump has, in fact, said this before. At a rally in Keene, New Hampshire, Trump first made waves for telling crowds he’d send those who come as part of the mass migration "back."

Monday night, he explained that unwanted migrants have to go back home because "We’re going to have a country again. We’re going to have borders ... right now, we don’t have a country."

The GOP frontrunner also touted his prediction that we should attack Iraqi oil, "take it, and keep it" as one that is being half-employed now as countries like France and the U.S. Bomb in the region. “Why didn’t they do this a year ago?” he asked, wondering why they “always wait for tragedy to happen” before acting.

He also repeated his plan to "bomb the sh—" out of ISIS.

But Trump’s new plan came in the form of a rebuke of Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose decision to allow refugees into the country Trump labeled "a disgrace."

Instead, he would build a safe zone for refugees, who, Trump says, all want to go home after the crisis is over anyway.

"In Syria, take a big swatch of land, which believe me, you get for the right price, okay? You take a big swatch and you don’t destroy all of Europe."

He expanded on the issues moments later, saying, "What I'd like is build a safe zone, it’s here, build a big beautiful safe zone and you have whatever it is so people can live, and they’ll be happier."

As Trump sees it, this happiness stems from the fact that they won’t have to learn the languages of the places they’d move and wouldn’t have to get used to new climates or weather patterns.

"I mean they’re gonna learn German, they’re gonna learn all these different languages. It's ridiculous. The weather — a friend of mine lives in Minnesota. And he calls me, he says 'Can you imagine? It's 130 degrees in Syria and now they want to send some up to Minnesota where its 30 degrees.' Well, these people are gonna be very, very unhappy. It's cold and beautiful, but it's cold."

Even before Trump took the stage, refugees were mentioned by two campaign affiliates who spoke to the crowd before him. First Sgt. David Perry, a Trump campaign volunteer, told the crowd that Trump was “gonna send those Syrians back where they came from." Then, that he was "gonna be the first volunteer to drive them to the airport.”

Trump also took issue with Democrats, like President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who refuse to say that "radical Islamic terrorists" are responsible for the Paris atrocity, and other events like it.

"You hear the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and he won’t say it. And you can’t solve a problem if you refuse to talk about what the problem is."

Trump also took aim at France’s tough gun laws, saying that because people under attack in Paris didn’t have guns there was “nothing anybody could do” to protect them.

Had ordinary citizens been allowed to be armed “it would’ve been a totally different story, folks," he said.

To those who attended the rally, foreign policy was at the forefront of their mind’s as well.

"I want someone more aggressive," Judy Vandergriff, of Knoxville, said.

"It's too risky," she said of allowing Syrian refugees into the United States. "I'm sorry, but we could do other things to help the refugees. But it’s too risky to let them in."

Attendee Kenny Collins, however, pushed back on the notion that refugees should be barred. Instead, he told NBC News he was attending Trump’s rally to be a part of history, "to be in the same room as he is when he says some of these controversial things," and "for the entertainment."