Republican candidates’ despicably lukewarm criticism of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump fires back at critics, says he has no regret on plan to block Muslims; ‘We have to do the right thing’.

Forget crisis management, risk management, anger management. LONDON — A Muslim group in Britain offered to organize a tour of London for Donald Trump and to pay for his lunch after the Republican presidential candidate said that parts of the British capital are “so radicalized the police are afraid for their lives.” Trump made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, after calling for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States, which he said would be “a temporary measure.” The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body that lobbies on matters of interest to British Muslims, said Trump does not represent the views of ordinary Americans. “We reject his ignorant remarks suggesting that London has no-go areas where even the police are afraid to enter,” the group said in a statement Tuesday. “Should he be allowed to enter the U.K., and if he is able to name such areas, we would be happy to organise a multi-faith delegation to accompany Mr Trump and tour these areas and pay for his lunch.” “Any candidate for the presidential election in the United States of America is welcome to receive a briefing from the Met Police on the reality of policing London,” the force said in a statement.The White House took off the gloves today as it addressed Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from coming to the country – even taking shots at the businessman’s appearance – but the billionaire responded to the backlash in typically bullish fashion. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron departed from a tradition of not commenting on American presidential candidates, and said: “The Prime Minister completely disagrees with the comments made by Donald Trump, which are divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” London Mayor Boris Johnson dismissed Trump’s comments as “utter nonsense” and said “the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”

Trump was the butt of a string of insults thrown by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who described the tycoon’s rhetoric as ‘offensive bluster’ and claimed he has ‘fake hair.’ Later, Trump sat down for a hastily arranged sit-down ABC News interview with his long-time personal friend Barbara Walters to deny he was a bigot and claimed all the Muslims he knows agree with his ‘common sense’ immigration stance. Furious MPs and Muslim groups argued in response that anti-extremist legislation should be used to ban the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful from the UK if he attempts to visit Britain. Muslims are from all over the world, all races, all languages,” said Hanibal Abdul-Mumin, 54, a truck driver from the Bronx. “How is he going to be able to tell who is a Muslim? Asked by Walters if he thought his controversial policy played directly into the hands of jihadists who want to divide and conquer, Trump denied this and said that in fact he was ‘the worst thing to ever happen to ISIS’. Trump toured the US television studios in unrepentant form, unmoved by the gale of criticism that followed his speech aboard an aircraft carrier on Monday evening.

David Cameron took the unprecedented step of intervening in an American election by issuing a scathing rebuke to the front-runner to gain the Republican nomination for the presidency. Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown, he acknowledged that his proposal was “probably not politically correct”, before whipping up a cheering crowd and adding: “But. I last wrote about fear before the federal election, chastising the Harperites for fear mongering on a variety of issues: “We have nothing to vote against but fear itself,” I wrote.

Mr Trump provoked international outrage after saying that there should be “a total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US following last week’s terrorist attack on a Californian social service centre in which 14 people died. 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. But with recent horrific terror attacks in Paris, and in San Bernardino, California and an ideologically linked tube station stabbing in London, England, something has definitely changed in the air.

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,’ Earnest proclaimed. We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values.” There were signs that Trump was not deaf to the Republican insurrection. 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. He appeared to make a veiled threat on Twitter on Tuesday to run as an independent. “A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent,” he wrote.

Amidst round the clock cable news coverage and FBI updates, we heard domestically tinged phrases we hadn’t heard before: “The terror marriage.” “The fiancée visa.” “Left the baby with grandma.” We also saw a new face of terror — images of Pakistan born Tashfeen Malik, one half of the San Bernardino shooting team, in her hijab, alongside her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, an American-born environmental health specialist. While such a bid would face logistical barriers that differ from state to state, experts have said an independent run would be possible for a candidate with money to spend on lawyers and signature-collection campaigns. Somehow the idea of a married couple, he with a steady job, she, well-educated, ostensibly busy with her new baby, carrying out this deadly jihadist mission, readying themselves with trips to the firing range, only deepened the fear.

As public disgust at the US presidential hopeful’s comments grew in Scotland, an Aberdeen university that once awarded him an honorary degree said it was “considering” whether to revoke it. In the wake of San Bernardino, the New York Times asked its readers to describe their fears, not just about terrorism, but about mass shootings (which happen on a stunning average of once a day in the U.S.). 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.

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton seized the moment with an 850-word statement on her website calling Trump’s idea “shameful” and “dangerous” and little more than the logical conclusion of other Republican candidates’ calls for religious tests for Syrian refugees. Trump, whose mother was Scottish, bought and transformed the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire into a golf resort, despite protests from environmental groups.

I’m a person with common sense.” Trump defended himself by invoking the detention camps for Japanese-Americans set up during World War II by President Franklin D. Mr Trump defended his call for a ban on Muslim visitors to the US on Tuesday, but clarified he would keep the border open to American Muslims returning from trips. House Speaker Paul Ryan broke a self-imposed silence on the race for his party’s presidential candidacy to condemn the Republican front-runner’s plea saying it was ‘not what this party stands for and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for’.

Before Trump outrageously went full out with his Muslim ban proposal, many politicians — in America, most of the GOP presidential candidates, or in France, the Front National party leader Marine Le Pen — had already moved to stoke up the fear of terrorists, of immigrants, of refugees. 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.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, said: “Donald Trump sounds more like the leader of a lynch mob than of a great nation like ours.” 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. Trump said he would not put Muslims in internment camps and clarified today that American citizens who follow Islam would not be prevented from coming and going, only foreigners.

Earlier in the program, he also reiterated his claim that “there is no evidence” of widespread or systemic discrimination against Muslims in America. Even watching inane cable commentators ask “has Trump gone too far?” produced a level of fear in me I haven’t felt before — and I’m not Muslim. 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. He offered both reassurances that his government was already doing everything it could to thwart the deadly (and changing) jihadism confronting all countries, and noble words: “Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear.” His critics called him weak. Fear of one thing — a homegrown radicalized jihadi attack — leads to another — refugees from Syria — then to another — a woman, in a hijab, with a baby.

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’. They want to form a populist, nationalist party that isn’t about limited government and the constitution.” Reactions elsewhere in the national politics ranged from amused to exasperated. Or as someone who lives in Paris told me recently: “At some point you come to an agreement with yourself to stop being so frightened.” How else would you go to another concert, or sit laughing in a packed café again?

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. In a meeting with local church groups in Baltimore, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders expressed general frustration with the conversation around Trump. “What about Isis, guys?” Sanders asked as he laughed and he turned to the black church leaders standing next to him. “How often are these people talking about the issues that we talked about today?” What shocked me most about Trump — I forced myself to listen to him several times — was how ignorantly careless his language was, how incendiary, how false.

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