Trump’s proposal to keep out Muslims crosses a line for many in both parties

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‘Heil Donald Trump': Neo-Nazis, white supremacists show support for billionaire’s policy to ban all Muslims from U.S..

But make no mistake: He is a leader, no matter his uncle-in-the-attic incoherence — and no matter that this time he’s pointing America down a truly dark and dangerous road. Republican U.S. presidential front-runner Donald Trump is drawing rebukes from across the world for proposing a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States until the country’s leaders can “figure out what is going on” about possible new terrorist attacks.“Not at all,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says in an ABC News interview when asked if he regrets his call for a “total and complete shutdown” on Muslim immigration to the U.S. “Heil Donald Trump — THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR,” Andrew Anglin, the 30-year-old publisher of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer wrote on Monday, in support of the Republican front-runner’s anti-Muslim plan.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday called Trump’s rhetoric “offensive and toxic,” saying his plan “disqualifies him from serving as president” because he would be violating the U.S. British Prime Minister David Cameron, breaking the custom of British leaders not commenting on U.S. presidential contenders, slammed it as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” A UN spokesman said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced “any kind of rhetoric that relies on Islamophobia, xenophobia, any other appeal to hate any groups.” “This is not conservatism,” Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a closed-door GOP caucus meeting. “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for.” Trump’s campaign has been marked by a pattern of inflammatory statements, dating back to rhetoric that some Mexican immigrants, who entered the country illegally, are drug smugglers and rapists — but even that didn’t evoke the same widespread level of contempt.

The billionaire businessman and former reality television star has maintained his lead in early opinion surveys, despite the controversies, vexing his Republican rivals and alarming a GOP establishment in panic over the damage they fear he’s doing to a deeply divided party. Trump’s plan was announced in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in San Bernardino and as the celebrity billionaire continues to lead the Republican presidential field in national polls. Trump has drawn criticism throughout his campaign for derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants, McCain’s status as a former prisoner of war, women and a disabled New York Times reporter. He said the country needs to recognize that it’s “at war.” Trump’s proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting adherents of a religion practiced by more than a billion people worldwide.

On his campaign website, a Trump statement claimed there is research indicating that “there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.” “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’s statement said. Trump subsequently likened the move to President Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime decision to detain Japanese-Americans in internment camps, an episode historically viewed as a national shame that, decades later, resulted in the federal government paying $1.6 billion in reparations.

America’s political and media elite are, as always, appalled by Trump’s shtick — and don’t hesitate to say so in the most condescending terms possible. Another law professor, Richard Friedman of the University of Michigan, told The Washington Post that Trump’s idea is “blatantly unconstitutional if it excludes U.S. citizens (from re-entering the U.S. after trips to other countries) because they are Muslims. However, not specified in his list of exemptions, for example, are Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and the four civil society groups that led Tunisia’s transition to democracy — all Muslim Nobel Peace Prize winners. This just supercharges Trump’s appeal, for at least two reasons: Americans don’t like to be condescended to; and his rants aren’t wholly irrational. It’s ridiculous.” Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul who leads presidential preference surveys of Republicans, announced the plan Monday in a statement, then expanded on it at a political rally in South Carolina.

Since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds, some other Republican presidential contenders have proposed restrictions on refugees and tighter surveillance in the U.S. In a contentious interview on CNN, Trump referenced the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., saying, “You’re going to have many more World Trade Centers if you don’t solve it. Republican state party chairs in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, the three crucial early states in the presidential nomination process, have rebuked Trump. They had their noses shoved into a radical variant of the faith on a brilliantly sunlit September morning 14 years ago, and the news hasn’t been hopeful since. Lindsey Graham said Trump’s rhetoric risked inflaming tensions in the Middle East, playing into the recruiting strategy of Islamic State militants, who have framed their battle as a war between Islam and the West. “He’s putting our soldiers and diplomats at risk, he’s empowering the enemy,” said Graham, another GOP presidential contender, in an interview with CNN.

Trump, he said, is making new enemies of people “who came to our side in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are under siege in their own countries.” Former Florida Gov. He was talking about it — he talks a lot when he’s in front of the cameras — but I would like to learn more what the intricacies are that made him make that comment.” State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who spent time with Trump on his plane during his July stop in Phoenix, was not available for comment, a spokesman said, because he is out of town at a work function.

Paris has suffered two horrifyingly lethal Islamist attacks just this year, the Mideast is in flames — and nobody has a clue as to where, when and in what form the next attack will come. Virulent statements against Muslims are nothing new for Trump, who has called on the government to monitor mosques, and has refused to rule out his earlier proposal to enter the names of Muslims in America into a database. Roosevelt issued the policies immediately after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, authorizing law enforcement to target “alien enemies.” “I don’t want to bring … them back at all,” Trump said on ABC. Sunday night, he still couldn’t put the two words together in a single sentence — blaming San Bernardino (14 dead, 21 wounded) on two individuals who “had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam.” That’s progress from blaming Fort Hood (13 dead; 30 wounded) on “workplace violence.” But it’s somewhat less persuasive than it might otherwise have been had Attorney General Loretta Lynch not simultaneously all but threatened to prosecute people simply for criticizing Islam.

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