Donald Trump says no more Muslims should come to America, reports the Associated Press. With “The Donald” wanting to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., the statement by Trump is being called outrageous by some and hateful by others, with Jeff Bezos offering to send Trump to space, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
In a press release titled “Donald J. Trump Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration,” published on DonaldJTrump.com, Trump plays into fears that are causing gun sales to rise across America, and portrays Muslims on a whole as the enemy.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research…there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. …A poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing ‘25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad’ and 51% of those polled, ‘agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.’ Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.”
On Twitter, Trump writes about wanting ISIS to surrender and retweets other tough talk on the heels of President Obama’s Oval Office address to the nation on Sunday evening.
While Trump has been criticized for not offering enough details on the audacious plans he has thrown out to the American public in order to “make America great again,” these ban-all-Muslims words from “The Donald” are being met with derision. Trump also made the following statement.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. 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.”
On Twitter, Trump is listed as the top trending search term, as of this writing, with 527,000 tweets from people reacting to the Republican presidential candidate’s idea of locking Muslims out of the country. Forget families and freedom, Trump’s ban means Muslim immigrants and Muslim visitors would not be able to enter the U.S. until the leaders of America can figure out what’s going on.
How long “The Donald” deems American leaders will take to figure out what’s going on remains to be seen; therefore, a ban on all Muslims coming into the country and anyone claiming to believe in Islam could go on indefinitely according to Trump’s plan. Whether Trump’s ban-all-Muslims philosophy conflicts with the U.S. Constitution’s freedom of religion practices is being debated.
It is unknown if Trump’s proposition would allow Muslims, who already live in America, to return home to the U.S. after traveling abroad.
Trump’s statements to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. are causing quite the backlash. Jeb Bush called Trump “unhinged,” while Carly Fiorina called Donald Trump “dangerous.”
Most people reacting to Trump’s ban on Muslims see his tough talk as pandering and fear-mongering.
In a nation already on edge due to the recent San Bernardino attack that left 14 people dead and more than 20 injured, Trump’s potential ban on Muslims may be comforting talk to some. Others see it as hypocrisy, as reported by the Daily Beast, writing that Trump doesn’t have a problem with the rich Muslims who give him lots of money.
Trump’s campaign has done well with those supporters who tend to be less educated and earn less money than the average Republican, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal. The journal also cites that Trump supporters tend to be older.
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