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Donald Trump hits Ted Cruz, Saudi prince.

NEW YORK — No other topic has dominated public discussion over the past week like Donald Trump’s call to indefinitely ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is making it clear he doesn’t take kindly to any criticism — not from his rivals, nor from Saudi princes.On Friday night, Trump went after senator Ted Cruz at a town hall event in Iowa, accusing the Texan of being beholden to big oil companies because he opposes ethanol subsidies, which are deeply popular in this agricultural state. “He’s a nice guy,” said Trump. “I mean, everything I say he agrees with me, no matter what I say.

Saba Ahmed, a former congressional candidate from Oregon, is now promoting a new Republican group for Muslims and and has made several appearances on Fox News arguing that GOP candidates should be more welcoming toward Muslims. At a Friday night rally in Iowa, Trump hit opponent Ted Cruz, criticizing him for opposing ethanol subsidies that are popular in the corn-producing state.

But with the ethanol, really, he’s got to come a long way.” Trump also appeared to take a veiled shot at Cruz’s family background, suggesting he might have trouble appealing to the state’s evangelical voters. “I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba,” he said of the country where Cruz’s father, an evangelical preacher, was born. The attacks came after The New York Times reported that Cruz had questioned Trump’s judgment at a closed-door fundraiser, straining the detente between two of the race’s most outspoken candidates.

In November, she was on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, wearing an American flag hijab that attracted a flurry of attention – pro and con – on social media. “We’re hoping the Republican Muslim Coalition can help them reach their Muslim-American constituents,” Ahmed said Friday in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C., where she now lives. Trump has gone after his other opponents gleefully and viciously, panning Jeb Bush as low-energy, Ben Carson as “pathological” and Marco Rubio as a lightweight who drinks too much water. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, wrote on his Facebook page that Muslims should know they are always welcome at Facebook “and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.” Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. This week, Cruz pulled ahead of Trump in an Iowa poll, and scored the endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats, an influential evangelical leader in the state.

But the billionaire businessman had refrained from attacked Cruz, even as the Texas senator has surged in opinion polls, becoming Trump’s most serious challenger in early-voting Iowa. Her candidacy attracted attention from bloggers around the country because her website featured a large photo of her in a black hijab under an Islamic prayer in Arabic.

Chief Executive Officer John Maraganore said in an interview in his office in Cambridge, Mass., that Trump’s statements were “outlandish” and that his company had a diverse workforce made up of all religions and he cherished and needed that. But representatives of the country’s biggest banks — including Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp. — declined to make executives available for comment. The sense is that, like many at the top of the Republican Party, corporate leaders are afraid of getting into a Twitter war with Trump and alienating his many followers, despite distaste for his statements. “Businesses will sit on the sidelines unless there’s something truly profound that is threatening their brand or their industry or their product,” said John Hudak, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

In her own time, she said she has been trying to build her new coalition into a political force, although she conceded the group is still “just getting started.” After Trump said last month that the U.S. government should more closely monitor mosques and consider shutting some of them down, Ahmed appeared on Kelly’s show wearing her American flag garb. “Megyn, we go to the mosque to pray,” Ahmed told Kelly. “It’s absolutely horrifying to hear that our constitutional rights of free exercise of religion are now going to be challenged just because somebody thinks that there may be some attendees who may disagree with your views.” In her appearance on Fox Business News, host Stuart Varney described her as a former supporter of Trump. But Wendy Schiller, a political scientist at Brown University, said corporations are probably engaged in a risk assessment, measuring Trump’s following within their clientele and wagering that he could still end up irrelevant. Ahmed told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she had been leaning toward Trump because of his economic policies and business skills but had not endorsed him. In a speech announcing his candidacy in June, Trump called Mexicans “rapists” causing NBCUniversal, Univision Communications Inc., Grupo Televisa SAB, Serta and PVH Corp. to break ties with him.

Trump ridiculed Senator John McCain for having been captured and tortured in Vietnam, made fun of fellow candidate Carly Fiorina’s appearance and claimed that thousands of people in New Jersey were celebrating the 9/ 11 attacks.

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