A Democratic lawmaker is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to denounce a surrogate who approvingly cited the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as "precedent" for a registry of Muslim immigrants.

"The imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II, including my parents and grandparents, is widely understood to be one of the darkest chapters in American history," Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) said in a statement Thursday.

"I am horrified that people connected to the incoming administration are using my family's experience as a precedent for what President-elect Donald Trump could do," added Takano, who supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

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