Republicans fear Trump could jeopardize control of Congress

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‘Hate preacher’ Donald Trump’s race jibe at Britain: Calls to ban US tycoon from UK over claim that police ‘fear for their lives’ in radicalised London and demand that Muslims be banned from America.

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.

The democratic presidential hopeful appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday and was very blunt when Fallon asked his opinion on Trump’s latest headline. “Throughout history you’ve had demagogues trying to divert attention away from the real issues,” Sanders said. “What somebody like a Trump is trying to do is divide us up. 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.

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.

Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown, he acknowledged that his proposal was “probably not politically correct”, before whipping up a cheering crowd and adding: “But. Of course, banning someone with the profile and support of Donald Trump is another kettle of fish, but that hasn’t stopped Britain’s most high-profile politicians roundly condemning his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed the sentiments of fellow party members Dick Cheney and Jeb Bush in a press conference on Tuesday when he said that Trump’s plan violated the Constitution and is “not who we are as a party.” Other democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also denounced Trump’s plans and her Vice Chair Huma Abedin even sent an email to Clinton supporters saying “His Islamophobia doesn’t reflect our nation’s values.” “To Muslim Americans: What you’re hearing from Trump and other Republicans is absolutely, unequivocally wrong,” her statement read. “It’s inconsistent with out values a nation– a nation which you are helping build. 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. He added: ‘Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life, Mr Trump also tried to use the terror attacks in Paris to bolster his argument and said: ‘Look at what happened in Paris, the horrible carnage, and frankly, if you look at Paris, and I hate to do this because the Chamber of Commerce is going to go crazy, but Paris is no longer the same city it was.

A spokesman for Mrs May said: ‘The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good. 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. Asked what she would do about the US politician in response to his comments, Walthamstow MP Miss Creasy said: ‘Be clear he’s a hate preacher and therefore not welcome round here.’ The British Prime Minister was quick to condemn the remarks yesterday. 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. 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. 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.

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn said he was ‘was appalled by his comments which have caused deep offence and sought to divide communities for political gain when we should be bringing people together’. 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. 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. But the idea that we’d turn away refugees because of religion is a new low.’ ‘Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. 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. When asked to articulate who would be included in this plan – Muslim immigrants or American Muslims who are currently abroad – Trump spokesman Hope Hicks told The Hill: ‘Mr.

Talking to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, during his first media appearance after the announcement, Mr Trump said the proposal wouldn’t affect American Muslims, as Van Susteren pointed out that there are certainly Muslims serving abroad in the US military. 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. 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. It’s a hack organization with a guy who was dismissed from the conservative circles for conspiracy theories.’ Responding to Trump’s plan yesterday, Ben Carson said, ‘Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay as is done in many countries.’ Trump’s proposition comes less than a week after the San Bernardino massacre, under investigation by federal authorities as an act of terrorism, that was carried out by two local Muslim residents.

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?” 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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