On Dec. 7, 2015, the day after President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office on the subject of terrorism, Donald Trump asserted that should be become president, he would ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
Although Trump’s supporters continue to stand behind him is what is already proving to be the most controversial declaration yet of his bid to become the Republican nominee for president. Trump made this declaration via a press release to reporters on Monday, saying in part, “”Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension,” while calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, then explained to the Associated Press that the proposed ban would affect everyone who is Muslim, even those seeking tourist visas to the U.S. This is not unlike legislation proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) in November that called for refugees from a total of 30 countries both tourist and immigration visas.
As the Republican party decides what to do with the Trump candidacy, the public has taken to social media and leaders nationally and internationally are weighing in on the proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States.
Rick Kriseman, mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida has issued a ban on Donald Trump in his city, paraphrasing Trump’s own words as explanation: “I am hereby banning Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”
Florida mayor says he’s banning Donald Trump from his city after Trump called for stopping Muslims from entering US https://t.co/hrREsihsHO
British Prime Minister David Cameron, in a rare comment on a presidential candidate, called Trump’s suggested Muslim ban “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” Egypt’s official religious body, Dar al-Ifta branded the ban as “hate rhetoric.” Prime Minister Manuel Valls of France tweeted, “Trump, like others, stokes hatred and conflations: our ONLY enemy is radical Islamism.”
Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the U.N. Refugee agency expressed concern about what the presidential candidate’s rhetoric might do to damage the refugee resettlement program underway. The London Metro Police have even responded to Trump’s allegations that parts of their city are so radicalized that people there are afraid for their lives. A police spokeswoman stated that although they don’t usually dignify such comments, they wanted to set the record straight for the people of London that Trump “could not be more wrong.”
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