The world is shocked at Donald Trump’s comments concerning the proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States and monitor those already living there. In response, half a million people have signed a petition calling for Trump to be banned from the United Kingdom for his allegedly racially inflammatory remarks.
However, Trump’s popularity has not wavered. The world is also coming to grips with the fact that Islamophobia — the irrational fear of Muslims — is a popular view. But despite Trump’s great talent at offending world sensibilities, the man is finding that no publicity is bad publicity and he could actually have a chance at winning the 2016 Presidential race for the White House.
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This means that a ban on Muslims could potentially happen in the United States — legally and democratically — by means of the power of the people to create their own destiny based on majority opinion.
While it would be highly unlikely that Trump could ban Muslims from the U.S., he could potentially get his way on monitoring U.S. Mosques, granting extra power to the police to monitor and question Muslims and keeping an up-to-date database on all Muslims living in America.
There is strong support in America for Trump’s anti-Muslim views. Even if Trump has alienated himself to the GOP, with some suggesting he is a double agent for the democrats conspiring to elect Hillary Clinton, he is popular among Americans from the liberal and conservative camps which share the fear and hatred of not just extremists, but the general Muslim population.
“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.”
The alarmist, knee-jerk reaction is in reaction to the recent Paris attacks and shootings in California in which two Jihadist sympathisers are alleged to have pledged allegiance to ISIS (Daesh) before the attack.
Will the U.K. ban Donald Trump? With over half a million signatures, Parliament will have to debate the subject of banning Donald Trump on the basis of what has been interpreted by critics as hate speech against Muslims. As MTV reports, the petition states its aim clearly.
“If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor and the weak as well as powerful.”
And so, the ban on Trump could theoretically take place; although, it is unlikely to happen, as one might consider that if Donald Trump does indeed become the next U.S. President, then an existing ban on him coming to the U.K. would most certainly cause friction. And that is the rub: Donald Trump is winning. The New York Times reports that the fear of terror is what is driving Americans to support a man they believe will stand up to terrorism. One woman speaks her mind.
“He’ll keep a sharp eye on those Muslims… He’ll keep the Patriot Act together. He’ll watch immigration. Stop the Muslims from immigrating.”
With Donald Trump being criticized in the media, one is left wondering how he has so much support.
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No matter how criticized Trump is, however, it is the fear of terrorism that is making it possible for the right wing to gain power. Ironically, Daesh is not helping itself by garnering support for Trump, as this man is currently, by many accounts, winning the race for the 2016 U.S. Presidency, and then the world will — at least for four years — have to deal with his way of serving the country.
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