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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump called Monday for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” an idea swiftly condemned by his rival GOP candidates for president and other Republicans.

The proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting all adherents of Islam who want to come to the U.S. The idea also raised immediate questions about its legality and feasibility, as experts could point to no formal exclusion of immigrants based on religion in America’s history.

Trump’s campaign said in a statement such a ban should stand “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The statement added that Trump’s proposal comes in response to a level of hatred among “large segments of the Muslim population” toward Americans.

“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 said in the statement.

He added on Twitter: “Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!”

Several of Trump’s Republican rivals were quick to reject the latest provocation from a candidate who has delivered no shortage of them.

“Donald Trump is unhinged,” Jeb Bush said via Twitter. “His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious.”

Carly Fiorina said, “Trump’s overreaction is as dangerous as President Obama’s under-reaction.”

John Kasich slammed Trump’s “outrageous divisiveness,” while a more measured Ted Cruz, who has always been cautious about upsetting Trump’s supporters, said, “Well, that is not my policy.”

Ben Carson said he would not advocate “being selective on one’s religion” but does believe that “Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay.”

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Trump’s proposed ban would apply to “everybody,” including Muslims seeking immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the country.

He did not respond to questions about whether it would also include Muslims who are U.S. citizens and travel outside of the country, or how a determination of someone’s religion might be made by customs and border officials.

There are, for example, more than 5,800 servicemen and women on active U.S. military duty and in the reserves who self-identify as Muslim and could be assigned to serve overseas.

Trump was also unclear on whether his ban would apply to Muslim allies in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Ari Fleischer, a former aide to Republican President George W. Bush, tweeted, “Under Trump, the King Abdullah of Jordan, who is fighting ISIS, won’t be allowed in the US to talk about how to fight ISIS.”

Religion can factor into immigration decisions, but that typically happens when people are fleeing religious persecution. So people of a particular religion may get favorable treatment by the United States, as when Russian Jews sought to leave the Soviet Union.

But experts could cite no blanket prohibition on immigrants based on religion. In the late 1800s, Congress passed legislation broadly aimed at halting Chinese immigration.

“There is no precedent for a religious litmus test for admitting immigrants into the United States,” said Leti Volpp, a University of California expert on immigration law.

“Excluding almost a quarter of the world’s population from setting foot in the United States based solely upon their religious identity would never pass constitutional muster,” Volpp said.

In response to a request for additional detail, Trump said via a campaign spokeswoman: “Because I am so politically correct, I would never be the one to say. You figure it out!”

Trump’s proposal comes a day after President Barack Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office about the shootings in San Bernardino, California, which Obama said was “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.”

The FBI said Monday the Muslim couple who carried out the massacre had been radicalized and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one case within days of the attack last week that killed 14 people.

Trump’s campaign has been marked by a pattern of inflammatory statements, dating back to his harsh rhetoric about Mexican immigrants.

He has taken a particularly hard line against Muslims in the days since the Paris attacks, advocating enhanced surveillance of mosques due to fears over radicalization.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest accused Trump of playing on people’s fears and trying to tap into “a darker side, a darker element” of American society.

From the Democratic presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders said: “Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims. The United States is a great nation when we stand together. We are a weak nation when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us.”

On Capitol Hill, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said of Trump’s idea, “It’s just foolish.”

But will it hurt his campaign? “I have no idea,” McCain said. “I thought long ago that things he said would hurt his prospects, and he continues to go up.”

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14 thoughts on “Donald Trump Says All Muslims Should Be Banned From Entering The U.S.

  1. October 1 on said:

    Timothy. Thank you for responding. Some on here would be bashing me for asking. If you haven’t noticed, some of my responses are not in line with everyone’s thinking.

    • Timothy Green on said:

      Bashing is pointless, i prefer to try to point out different view points, ALWAYS be wary though when people try to generalize ie blacks saying all whites are a certain way & vice versa, same with religion & gender

  2. October 1 on said:

    No I don’t know how many Muslims are in the country or the Armed Forces. I didn’t say anything against them. The Muslims that should be vetted are the ones who are coming into the country. True blame should be placed at the US’s foreign policies that turned many Middle Easter countries against America. Are you a person who practices Islam?

    • Timothy Green on said:

      Im not religious actually, but I have served in the armed forces & went to the middle east, and just like us they just want to be left alone. Most “terrorist acts” on American soil are committed by “crazy whiteboys” should we track & monitor every single white boy because of the rare chance that one flips out & starts blasting innocent people??? … lets not forget Timothy Mcveigh… my point is that knee-jerk comments & “ideas” like Trumps are just pointless talk that folks need to think deeply about before they support

    • Timothy Green on said:

      Well October maybe its because 99.9999% of Muslims Are just like everyone else in the world, they just want to live peacefully & be left alone … If you want to place blame on what created the Taliban & ISIS its the US’s poor foreign policy decisions over the DECADES one of the worse being Bush’s Iraq war which destabilized the region completely creating a haven/breeding ground for ISIS

    • Timothy Green on said:

      And #2 are you not aware of how many AMERICAN MUSLIMS are here in the US, or how many MUSLIMS serve in our armed forces … my bad in Trumps America only “Christians” belong??

  3. Timothy Green on said:

    The scariest thing is that Trump vomits up all this crazy ignorant shit & his groupies & fans eat it up like its soul food.. whats the world coming too?!

  4. Trump is simply stirring up the pot of HATE in this country for anyone who is not White/Anglo Saxon.

    To single out Muslims is wrong. I wonder what group of people dumb Trump will focus on next?
    He is a dangerous/polarizing POS.

  5. frankie on said:

    Don’t you think that Muslim community is also fearful of the radical Muslim faction. So why is that the US does not monitor KKK. I am sure they are monitoring the black lives matter group. To my knowledge BLM has not killed anyone. I see a civil war about to begin via vigilantism against the Muslims by radical whites due to trumps statements of hate.

    • Actually they do thanks to the likes of Timothy McVeigh not to long ago I heard of members of such a group arrested on weapons charges

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