CNNreports that on Monday, Trump proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. A press release detailed his proposal.
“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.”
Donald has received a lot a criticism in response to his plan to temporarily end Muslim immigration. Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, believes that this kind of action would not be the right thing to do. Not only is it “totally contrary to our values as Americans,” but it also sends the wrong message.
“The fact of the matter is ISIL wants to frame this as a war between the United States and Islam, and if we look like we’re applying religious tests to who comes into this country, we’re sending a message that essentially we’re embracing that frame and that is going to make it very difficult to partner with Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world to prevent the scourge of radicalization that we should be focused on.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his position clear on a radio interview about what Donald had proposed on Monday.
“This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they are talking about. We do not need to resort to that type of activity nor should we.”
Donald did acknowledge that banning Muslim travel is “probably not politically correct,” but he followed that up saying, “I don’t care.”
Despite the criticism he has been facing, however, Trump justifies his plans by claiming that all he has are good intentions for the Islamic community.
On Wednesday, Trump spoke with Don Lemon in an interview for CNN Tonight to defend his proposal.
“I’m doing good for the Muslims.”
Donald claimed that his Muslim friends not only support his idea, but they also find it “so brilliant and so fantastic.” In addition to this, Trump mentioned a supposedly very influential, very important friend in the Middle East, though he failed to mention a name, who called Trump to commend him on his proposition.
“Donald, you’re doing a great service.”
Along with the support from his many, nameless Muslim friends, Donald is also claiming that his suggestion was misrepresented, and people have the wrong idea about it. He says that it would be a very temporary ban, and “it could go quickly.”
Donald claims that despite the criticism, the public is agreeing with what he says. He believes that after the horrific shooting in San Bernardino, people are more willing to accept his proposal.
A rally in South Carolina proved that for at least some, Trump is correct. Six out of eight Trump supporters agree with the proposal to ban Muslims entering the United States.
Other extremist proposals that Donald has come up with include surveillance on mosques and a database for all Muslims living in the United States. Trump insisted on the monitoring of certain mosques in the United States, saying that it has been done before. As for the database of American Muslims, Trump responded to a reporter asking how he felt about the database by saying, “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.” However, Donald later denied saying that, insisting that those were the reporter’s words and that he did not respond to the question.
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