GOP rivals condemn Donald Trump for backing Muslim database

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After Paris, Republicans ratchet up anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drew criticism from White House rivals on Friday for saying he would implement a database to keep track of Muslims in the United States and require them to register in response to the attacks in Paris.Protesters have rallied across the nation in support of refugees after Donald Trump said he would force Muslims to register and carry ID cards stating their religion.Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian migrants and the wider Muslim population with their words.

The daylong furor capped a week of one-upmanship among Republican presidential candidates as to who would be toughest about preventing terrorism after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. Trump was branded ‘abhorrent’ after he said on Thursday that he supported registering Muslims, with comparisons made between his plan and the way Jews were treated in Nazi Germany. The ugly nativist tone of the party’s race to pick a presidential nominee was set by Donald Trump and the businessman’s incendiary remarks in June about Mexicans being rapists and criminals. Trump’s talk of a national database of Muslims seemed the culmination of months of heated debate about illegal immigration as an urgent danger to Americans’ safety. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America.” “There are things that are important as it relates to the values that we have as a country that make us special and unique, and we should not and we will never abandon them in the pursuit of this fight.

There were similar clashes in Montpelier, Vermont, where those supporting refugees vastly outnumbered those rallying against allowing Syrians into the country. If Republicans once knew they had to be more compassionate towards minorities to win back the White House, it has been lost in the strong language many candidates have been using as they lurch to the right to appeal to conservative voters ahead of the first nominating battles of the 2016 election race. Trump told an NBC News reporter between campaign events in Newton, Iowa, that Muslims would be signed up at ‘different places’, according to video posted on Concerned that Islamic State suicide attackers may target the US next after Paris, Trump has suggested the possible closure of mosques and creating a database of Muslim-Americans or identification cards showing a person’s religious affiliation to prevent terrorism – though he later distanced himself from the ID card proposal.

We can protect our freedoms here,” he said. “I’m a big fan of Donald Trump’s, but I’m not a fan of government registries of American citizens,” Texas Sen. Trump had jumped on a report on a conservative news website, tweeting that eight Syrians were “caught on the southern border trying to get into the US – Isis maybe?

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, campaigning in Iowa, said he was glad Trump was running because he had generated a lot of excitement for the Republican race, but criticised his support for registries. “On the question of should the federal government keep a registry of any religious group? The other candidate at the top of GOP polls didn’t shy away from his own controversial rhetoric on Thursday, comparing the refugee crisis to handling a “rabid dog.” “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog,” Ben Carson told reporters at a Thursday night campaign stop in Alabama. “It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” “When someone’s talking about putting numbers on us and requiring IDs, what’s next, you’re going to want to put millions of us in concentration camps? One of the hallmarks of America is that we treat everybody the same,’ Carson said, adding that picking out individual groups sets ‘a pretty dangerous precedent, I believe.’ ‘The First Amendment protects religious liberty and I’ve spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American,’ Cruz said. For months, Trump has set the tone and pace of the Republican primary, forcing his rivals to respond to his statements and in some cases to try to emulate his style and positions.

In a video posted by the network, Trump said, “They have to be.” Asked whether Muslims would have to register at mosques, Trump said: “Different places. It turned out that the migrants were “two Syrian families, two men, two women and four children” who presented themselves to department of homeland security officials near Laredo in Texas.

He said earlier this week that the country was ‘going to have no choice’ but to close certain mosques because ‘really bad things are happening, and they’re happening fast’. Other Republican candidates opted not to weigh in on the remarks from Trump, who earlier in the week called for shutting down American mosques frequented by radicals. “This is shocking rhetoric. John McCain’s record in Vietnam because he was a prisoner of war, said that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was bleeding from “wherever,” insulted Carly Fiorina’s looks and read Sen. George W Bush, far from being a dove during his “War on Terror”, hesitated to use the term “radical Islam” during his presidency, fearing that it would turn America’s fight into a battle against all Muslims. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam,” he said at the Islamic Centre in Washington just six days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. “That’s not what Islam is all about.

Sanders called Trump’s remarks “outrageous and bigoted.” As the debate over terrorism has gained prominence, polls show Republicans turning to Trump, a billionaire with no previous government experience, to tackle the issue. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, elevating fears in the U.S. and prompting calls for new restrictions on refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has slotted the bill for possible Senate consideration, though it’s unclear whether the chamber could get enough votes to override a threatened veto by President Barack Obama. Asked about the possibility of a database for Muslims or “a form of special identification that noted their religion,” Trump did not reject either idea.

David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke in Virginia, cited the mass detention of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, one of America’s darkest chapters in its history of relations with immigrants, as reason for not accepting Syrian refugees. His rivals have vacillated in their handling of other inflammatory comments from him, wary of alienating his supporters while increasingly concerned that he’s maintained his grip on the GOP race deep into the fall. An illuminating Twitter account called Historical Opinion this week reproduced the results of a poll published in Fortune magazine in July 1938, which found that just 5 per cent of Americans surveyed believed the US should raise immigration quotas or encourage refugees seeking to escape fascist regimes in Europe. Trump’s seemingly serious consideration for the idea of treating an entire religious group with suspicion created the risk of a new set of problems for a party already struggling to appeal beyond its largely white political base. In the party’s last presidential debate, Trump recalled how President Dwight Eisenhower moved 1.5 million illegal immigrants back across the Mexican border in the 1950s.

That won’t fly in any court.” Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League in New York called Trump’s proposal “deeply troubling and reminiscent of darker days in American history when others were singled out for scapegoating.” Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton slammed Trump during a rally in Nashville Friday evening. “Mr. US immigration officials claimed that as many as 1.3 million undocumented immigrants were arrested and forcibly removed, though historians claim the figure was far lower. Trump has attacked Mexican immigrants, he’s attacked women, and now he’s attacking Muslim Americans,” she said. “At some point you have to ask yourself, is that the kind of country we are?” “We had expected a rise in Islamophobic rhetoric during the election cycle, but we never thought it would hark back to the rhetoric of the 1930s,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said: “I do think it’s scary when we have candidates talking about shutting down houses of worship, about having badges for religious groups.

Associated Press writers Bill Barrow in Mobile, Alabama; Steve Peoples in Sioux City, Iowa; Catherine Lucey in Des Moines and Julie Bykowicz and Mark Sherman in Washington contributed to this report.

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

About this site