The world reacts to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering US

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Donald Trump says US should ban Muslims — and analyst says it will help him.

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his call to block all Muslims from entering the United States, even as the idea was widely condemned by rival Republican presidential candidates, party leaders and others as un-American. Donald Trump’s proposal to shut down the nation’s borders to all Muslims — including Americans currently living abroad — could potentially lead to a swell of support for the presidential candidate, according to one political analyst. “We have a whole bunch of Americans, Trump supporters — and his support I think will grow after this moment — who feel that no one is telling them the truth and no one is saying what is obvious to them,” said political analyst Nicolle Wallace, a former communications director under President George W.

Trump said he has received calls of support from people concerned about terrorist attacks ranging from 9/11 to last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., and “they just want to see something happen.” The ban on Muslims entering the U.S. would be “a temporary measure,” Trump told ABC, until U.S. officials “can figure out what’s going on.” In various interviews, Trump said he would exempt Muslim world leaders and the Muslim troops in the U.S. armed forces. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) described the policy proposal as “reckless” and “un-American,” while the White House said is played to a “darker side” of society. In this Dec. 3, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington.

Trump’s proposal, made on Monday, came less than a week after the San Bernardino shooting by a Muslim couple who had been radicalized and may have been supporters of the Islamic State. Trump’s proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting all adherents of Islam who want to come to the U.S.

The idea faced an immediate challenge to its legality and feasibility from experts who could point to no formal exclusion of immigrants based on religion in America’s history. At a rally in South Carolina later, Trump repeated his most outrageous and provocative statement yet in a campaign that’s been studded with noxious nativist diatribe: “Donald J. The idea raised immediate questions about whether it could pass muster under constitutional protections of the free exercise of religion. “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,” Trump said in the statement.

Trump says in a statement released by his campaign Dec. 7 that his proposal comes in response to the level of hatred among “large segments of the Muslim population” toward Americans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The idea announced by Trump Monday evening drew swift rebukes, some from abroad. Ted Cruz in Iowa, which opens the Republican nomination process with caucuses on Feb. 1. “This whole notion that somehow we need to say no more Muslims — and just ban a whole religion — goes against everything we stand for and believe in,” Cheney told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I mean religious freedom’s been a very important part of our, our history.” Sen. The front page of the Philadelphia Daily News pictured Trump holding his right hand out as if in a Nazi salute with the headline “The New Furor.” In morning TV interviews Tuesday on ABC and CNN, Trump was asked about being compared to Hitler. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together.” Former Florida governor Jeb Bush described Trump as “unhinged.” Asked about the reaction, Trump said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Republicans have criticized many of the things he has said and later come around to support him. John Kasich slammed Trump’s “outrageous divisiveness,” while a more measured Ted Cruz, who has always been cautious about upsetting Trump’s supporters, said, “Well, that is not my policy.” Trump’s plan also drew criticism from the heads of the Republican Party in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first three states to vote in next year’s presidential primaries.

Bush. “I hope GOP voters recognize this time he’s gone too far.” On Monday night, while there was some positive response to Trump’s latest remarks — conservative pundit Ann Coulter tweeted “GO TRUMP, GO!” — repudiation of Trump’s latest comments came swiftly, forcefully and from many quarters. I don’t see any difference between us, why does Trump want to divide us?” “Actually since the events in France happened, I’ve been thinking that 2016 or so is going to suck for a single, Muslim Arab dude getting a visa anywhere in the world basically.” “I was born to Muslim parents and wore the veil at a young age. There are more than 5,800 servicemen and women on active U.S. military duty and in the reserves who self-identify as Muslim and could be assigned to serve overseas. Fear about hordes of radicalized Muslim youth in the badlands of Syria, Iraq and even in the heart of Western cities who’re probably mulling the destruction of the Western way of life. It’s a mistaken notion.” Trump’s comments Monday came as his lead in preference polls in Iowa, the state that kicks off the nominating contest, appeared to be challenged by Cruz.

Unfortunately, it is also dangerously divisive because it often prompts people to look at a fellow human being with suspicion and hate – just because he or she belongs to a particular religion. Trump’s comments seem aimed squarely at Republican primary voters wary of Muslims, particularly those with direct ties to countries in the Middle East that have spawned violent extremist groups. He always gives crazy statements and recently I read a report that shows that 60 percent of Trump’s statements were based on wrong information.” “I think that these statements are a shame. A 2014 Pew Research Center poll showed Republicans view Muslims more negatively than they do any other religious group, and significantly worse than do Democrats. I think everybody needs to be checked.” Religion can factor into immigration decisions, but that typically happens when people are fleeing religious persecution.

By declaring that he intends to halt the entry of all Muslims, including tourists, business travellers and even expats, he is pandering to that fear and, in fact, whipping it up even more. It’s not going to be the same being a Muslim in America, even once this passes.” “Why is it that when there are crazy people who happen to be Muslim, they blame all Muslims? This is exactly what ISIS wants from Americans: to turn against each other.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest accused Trump of playing on people’s fears and trying to tap into “a darker side, a darker element” of American society.

From the Democratic presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders said “Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims” and Hillary Clinton called the proposal “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive.” But will it hurt Trump in the campaign? “I have no idea,” McCain said. “I thought long ago that things he said would hurt his prospects, and he continues to go up.” This is just a policy to please those who don’t like Muslims and to gain more support.” “It’s true that there are Muslim extremists, those who don’t have good intentions for Islam. It is unlikely that Trump and his ilk will ever appreciate the fact that extreme anti-Muslim statements of intent exacerbate Islamic fundamentalism everywhere.

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