Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his decision Monday to call for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims enteRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his decision Monday to call for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, touching off an outraged replies from his contenders for the nomination and Muslim groups.
We have no idea who is coming into our country , no notion if they like us or detest us, Trump told advocates in S.C. I wrote something today that is very salientand probably not very politically correct. But I dont care.
Trump added that his proposal is common sense and we have no choice. He cautioned the crowd that we can be politically correct and stupid but its going to get worse and worse.
The proposed banning would stand “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on, ” his campaign said in a statement earlier Monday.
The statement added that Trump’s proposal comes in response to the level of hatred among “large segments of the Muslim population” toward Americans.
It also comes five days after a radical Muslim couple killed 14 people and injured 21 at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, Calif.
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 a statement.
A recent Fox News poll found that both a majority of Democrats and Republican believe at least one Syrian refugee coming into the U.S. will likely carry out an attack.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told the Associated Press that Trump’s proposed banning would apply to “everybody, ” including Muslims attempting immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the country.
Trump did not respond to questions about whether any ban would also include Muslims who are U.S. both citizens and travel outside the country – or how a determination of someone’s religion might be made by customs and perimeter officials.
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! “
Meanwhile, his contenders for the nomination wasted no time weighing in.
“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 advocates, said, “Well, that is not my policy.”
Southern Baptists denounced Trump’s comment.
Anyone who cares an iota about religion liberty should denounce this reckless, demagogic rhetoric, ” said Ethics and Religious Liberty Commision President Russell Moore. “Make no mistake. A government that they are able shut down mosques simply because they are mosques can shut down Bible studies because they are Bible studies.”
Muslim-American groups also expressed their outrage.
Mr. Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration proposal is disappointing, unconstitutional, and empowers extremist ideology. It has no place in civilized American discourse, Qasim Rashid, national spokesman for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA told FoxNews.com.
“This type of knee jerk, if not demagogic policy stance, is unmitigated surrender to the Islamist global narration that they, ISIS, and all the Islamist theocrats of the world own what is and is not Islam and faithful Muslim, ” said Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
The Associated Press contributed to this story .
Chris Snyder is a producer for FoxNews.com based in New York. Follow him on twitter: @ChrisSnyderFox.
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