Donald Trump’s Call to Bar Muslims Reverberates Abroad

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Downing Street in rare US intervention as Donald Trump condemned for ‘divisive’ comments.

The White House took off the gloves today as it addressed Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from coming to the country, taking shots at the businessman’s appearance and accusing him of ‘vacuous sloganeering’ and ‘outright lies.’ In a string of insults directed at the GOP front runner scattered throughout his daily briefing with reporters, Press Secretary Josh Earnest described Trump’s rhetoric as ‘offensive bluster’ and claimed he has ‘fake hair.’ It came as the remarks ignited a firestorm in his own party – and around the world, with Britain’s prime minister David Cameron seizing on Trump’s claim that the country has no-go radicalized zones with his spokesman calling it ‘divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong’.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump’s campaign had a ‘dustbin of history’ quality to it and said his comments were offensive and toxic.

But before we give him that send-off, there’s a whole lot else we should tell him, not that he hears anything other than his own voice and the applause of people who mistake a trash-talking bully for a blunt-talking leader.Donald Trump has sparked a transatlantic row with Britain’s most senior politicians as he said parts of London were so radicalised that police feared for their lives.

For the second straight day, the world of politics was consumed with Trump’s latest policy prescription, a call for a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants, underscoring the power the billionaire showman holds over his adopted party, its presidential candidates and the GOP agenda. “This is not conservatism. Earnest said other Republican presidential candidates, who have pledged to support the person who eventually wins their party’s nomination, should disavow Trump ‘right now’. ‘What he said is disqualifying and any Republican who’s too fearful of the Republican base to admit it has no business serving as president either.’ The Republican frontrunner’s proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting all adherents of a religion practised by more than a billion people worldwide. What was proposed yesterday … is not what this party stands for,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters after a meeting Tuesday with GOP House members at the party’s campaign headquarters on Capitol Hill. “And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.” In tweets and public statements, the heads of the GOP in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — three of the earliest voting states — took issue with Trump’s call to bar members of the Islamic faith from entering the United States for an indefinite time “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” “As a conservative who truly cares about religious liberty, Donald Trump’s bad idea and rhetoric send a shiver down my spine,” Matt Moore, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, wrote on Twitter. “American exceptionalism means always defending our inalienable rights, not attacking them when it’s politically convenient.” During a town hall at a Manchester, N.H., law firm, fellow Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush indirectly referred to Trump as a “blowhard” when he was asked about his own ideas for how to prevent terrorist attacks. “You’ve got to find the proper balance of believing in American values and being serious and real about keeping us safe,” said Bush, the former Florida governor. “It’s not about the blowhards out there just saying stuff.

From the vacuous sloganeering to the outright lies, to even the fake hair, the whole carnival barker routine that we’ve seen for some time now.’ And it exempts any other Republican candidates for the Oval Office, too, who doesn’t go back on their oath to support him if he wins the GOP nomination, he said. ‘They should say right now that they would not support Donald Trump for president. Democrats see Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims as potentially damaging to the Republican Party’s brand as a whole and have tried to keep the focus on whether the other Republicans will disavow their party’s leading candidate. Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, mocked the idea police would stay away from some neighbourhoods as “ill-informed” and “complete and utter nonsense” and said the comments were an insult to London’s “proud history of tolerance and diversity”.

He’s learned that if he presses the lever the right way, with the right provocation, out pops another hit of saturation media coverage, of all Trump all the time. As for his rip on the billionaire’s hair, Earnest said, ‘I guess I was describing why it would be easy for people to dismiss the Trump campaign as not particularly serious.’ ‘Because he’s got a rather outrageous appearance. As the weeks and days go by, he has to press harder, escalating from the deportation of Mexicans to hallucinated street celebrations in Jersey City to the surveillance of mosques to this latest idiocy. It’s mine,’ Trump said during a 2014 National Press Club appearance while yanking it from his head. ‘Would anybody like to inspect?’ In Britain there was outrage at Trump’s claim parts of it had become no-go zones because of Muslim radicalization – and calls for him to be banned from the country, an unprecedented measure against a mainstream politician from the United Kingdom’s closest ally. In the wake of the Paris terror there has been much debate in the US about restricting the number of Syrian migrants and tightening the borders to counter the threat from jihadists.

Right now the current trajectory is not very good.” Whatever its merit, Trump’s controversial proposal demonstrated anew his power over the Republican field and his ability to force the party and fellow candidates to respond to his agenda. However, Mr Trump’s comments were even condemned by his own rivals for the Republican nomination and the Pentagon which warned the proposals could make America more vulnerable to attack. Barring people of Islamic faith would be as easy as interviewing them at entry points about their religious affiliation, Trump said on MSNBC. “They would say, ‘Are you Muslim?’” Trump explained. Roosevelt ordered certain people of foreign extraction to register with the U.S. government as “Aliens of Enemy Nationality” and for those of Japanese descent to be locked way in internment camps. “I am not proposing that,” Trump said. “You have to look at his presidential proclamations. Ryan spoke hours after a defiant Trump doubled down in a series of morning television show interviews, saying the country was ‘at war’ and could not afford another 9/11.

And he said his proposal was little different than Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s executive orders after the bombing of Pearl Harbor that put restrictions on migrants from enemy countries, mainly Japan. ‘This is a president highly respected by all, he did the same thing,’ Trump told GMA’s George Stephanopoulos. ‘If you look at what he was doing, it was far worse.’ Ryan – who as House Speaker third in line to the presidency and therefore his party’s most senior elected official – rebuffed Trump later in the morning, saying he was not being true to the ‘country’s principles’; The Republican said many Muslims serve the country in the military and work in Congress ‘the vast, vast, vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism, freedom, democracy, individual rights’. ‘These are first principles, and our party is dedicated to these first principles. And that’s why I think it’s incumbent upon leaders of our party like myself to stand up and defend what conservatism is and what the Republican Party stands for.’ He used a closed-door meeting with the Republican Congressional caucus to tell them to steer clear of backing Trump’s call – another rare move indicating the depth of unease in the party establishment. ‘That’s not who we are as a country or who we are as a party — that religious liberty is a fundamental American right and that we should never compromise on that front and that’s an inappropriate policy to pursue.

He was very direct and very strong.’ Matt Salmon of Arizona told reporters that Ryan told the weekly closed-door meeting of the House GOP that Trump’s proposal would violate at least two constitutional amendments. The comments could see Mr Trump stripped of his honorary degree at Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen, as a spokesman said a petition calling for the move was being considered. He refused to say whether he thought internment camps were a violation of America’s values. however, and would not say how long he expected his ban to remain in place. Jack Dromey, Labour’s shadow home office minister, said Mr Trump was a “dangerous fool” who should not come “within 1,000 miles of our shores” while Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government’s minister for international development, called for a ban to be considered. So Ted Cruz reacts to the San Bernardino massacre by visiting a firing range and promising such extensive bombing of the Middle East that he’ll find out “if sand can glow in the dark.” But are we reading about him as the second coming of Barry Goldwater?

A mass shooting in California on Wednesday was possibly a terrorist attack, though law enforcement authorities have not yet identified a motive, Obama said a day after the rampage in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead. Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, called Mr Trump a “buffoon” and said called for his “campaign dies a death” while the Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith called the US politician “one of the most malignant figures in modern politics”. Paris City Hall said of Mr Trump’s comments: “While terrorism knows no borders, hitting France just like the US, that has in no way taken away the fact that Paris is a safe and welcoming city.”

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican running for president, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, both called Trump’s ban ‘dangerous’. And he will fade, probably starting now, because while there are scared Americans and petty Americans and moments when all of us lose our way, we’re not lost enough to keep indulging him. Since the Paris terrorist attack last month other leading Republican 2016 candidates, including Ben Carson and Ted Cruz, have introduced plans to keep Syrian refugees out of the country. Now even his father is under watch.’ In his interviews this morning on ABC News and CNN, it was Trump who did most of the talking, barely giving the GMA and New Day hosts who were supposed to be interviewing him an opportunity to speak.

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