Muslim proposal prompts calls to ban Trump from UK, Israel

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bloomberg Politics Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Likely GOP Primary Voters Back Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Until today, we had only anecdotal evidence that Republicans were likely to support Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim non-citizens entering the United States.The Atlanta Police Department has opened an investigation after at least two homemade signs were discovered plastered along roadways early Wednesday depicting Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump as Adolf Hitler.Almost two-thirds of likely 2016 Republican primary voters favor Donald Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S., while more than a third say it makes them more likely to vote for him.Landmark Group, one of the biggest Middle Eastern retail companies headquartered in Dubai, said that it would no longer be stocking products from the Trump Home decor range in its Lifestyle stores.

On Wednesday, a day after Nutter called Trump a vulgar term for a bodily orifice that begins with the letter “A,” the real-estate mogul tweeted his displeasure.It has been an eventful six months since Donald Trump announced his candidacy to become the next President of the United States and to “make America great again”. Signage was spotted on overpass pillars near Monroe and Piedmont and along the Buford Highway Connector, each showing the billionaire presidential hopeful’s face — with the same mustache as the Nazi leader — in the center of a swastika.

Those are some of the findings from a Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies PulsePoll, an online survey conducted Tuesday, that shows support at 37 percent among all likely general-election voters for the controversial proposal put forward by the Republican front-runner. “We believe these numbers are made up of some people who are truly expressing religious bigotry and others who are fearful about terrorism and are willing to do anything they think might make us safer,” Doug Usher, who runs polling for Washington-based Purple Strategies, said in his analysis of the findings. “This indicates that, despite some conventional wisdom expressed in the last 48 hours, this is unlikely to hurt Trump at least in the primary campaign.” Support for Trump’s proposal remains virtually unchanged even after voters are told both sides of the argument. The tone was set in his announcement speech when Mr Trump said: “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and have Mexico pay for that wall… mark my words.” “There not sending their best… They’re sending people who have lots of problems. Authorities removed the two signs on Wednesday morning, and police spokesman Warren Pickard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that an investigation is now underway. The FT deduced from public filings of interests as part of the presidential campaign that the following is at stake: “Multiple opportunities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,” touted by Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who is in charge of acquisitions for him. Low life!” Earlier, Trump replied to a follower on Twitter who asked if he’d heard what Nutter called him. “Yes, he is a crude dope!” said Trump, who used the wrong handle for @Michael_Nutter.

That’s after the case is explicitly made that Muslims would be banned solely on the basis of their religion, and that this would run contrary to American values and alienate allies in the battle against terrorism. A Damac salesman told the FT that six of the first 50 Trump-branded villas were still available, with a five-bedroom property advertised at $1.8m, but that they would be offering customers better rates in light of Trump’s statement. While that’s lower than the 46 percent who say it will have no impact, it’s still a sizable percentage, and it helps illuminate the target of Trump’s appeals. Trump said at a Monday night campaign rally in South Carolina, “… until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” Those remarks have been nearly universally condemned in the days since by Republicans and Democrats alike, and have evoked comparisons to the policies of Nazi Germany under the Hitler regime.

Earlier Tuesday, Nutter told reporters prior to a political endorsement that he would ban Trump from the city if he had the power to do so, saying the candidate “has taken a page from the playbook of Hitler” with comments demonizing Muslims. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights group, and the Anti-Defamation League, the world’s leading anti-Semitism organization, have each said that Mr. Though hate speech laws in Canada are broader than they are south of the border, speech needs to meet some very specific requirements to be considered hateful here, too.

Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code states that hate speech “incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace” and where the comments are made in a public place. “[T]he immediacy of the breach of the peace would make it extremely difficult to convict someone for saying what Trump said,” said Faisal Kutty, a Toronto lawyer and human rights activist. “That’s the main problem with trying to fit his current statement under the hate speech law: it doesn’t have any real hateful content in the sense of making a claim about the nature of character of Muslims,” said Moon. “Of course, why should they be excluded other than, presumably, on the belief that they are somehow dangerous? We also know that this country must not give into fear by turning its back on its fundamental values, even at a time of great crisis,” the ADL’s top executive, Jonathan A. They’re rapists.” “That is the very stuff of hate speech, and a claim like that made in Canada might well constitute hate speech contrary to the Criminal Code,” Moon said.

As one expert put it to Dan Balz: “This is a new campaign for a new century in which viral populism, most conspicuous on the GOP side, is the engine of our politics. Look, it’s true, as Brian Beutler says, that it is becoming a cliche to point out that Trump’s supporters might be attracted specifically to his xenophobia and bigotry. But if the press corps is now going to make a big effort to call out Trump for what he is really up to, it only seems fair that we should also drill down into why it might actually be resonating with living, breathing voters.

This could also help shed light on why candidates like Ted Cruz are sidling up to Trump’s Islamophobia while pretending not to and on why (given that Cruz is rising in the polls) that might be working for him. Despite the impression you get from much of the coverage, it isn’t as if Trump is merely doing this in a vacuum, like a circus act confined inside a cage surrounded by onlookers who are only there for the sheer entertainment value.

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