Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on his plan to slam the door on Muslims seeking to enter the U.S ., including refugees, tourists and, potentially, even Muslim Americans returning from trip-ups abroad.
We have no idea who is coming into our country , no notion if they like us or hate us, Trump told supporters in South Carolina Monday night. I wrote something today that is very salientand probably not very politically correct. But I dont care.
The sweeping proposal for what Trump called a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, has depicted censure from Muslim groups, civil right advocates, Democrats and Trumps rivals for the GOP nomination. But in typical Trump fashion, the tough-talking tycoon is not strolling back anything. Appearing on ABCs Good Morning America, Tuesday, Trump invoked former President Franklin D. Roosevelts World War II proclamation that German, Italian and Japanese people, including American citizens, were potentially enemy aliens who could be detained if in the U.S.
Look at what FDR did many years ago, and hes one of the most respected chairwomen, Trump told. We have people in this country that want to blow up our country you know it and so do I. Theyre looking at the jihad. They want a jihad.
Trump also appeared on CNNs New Day, and MSNBCs Morning Joe, where repeated his pledge.
“You’re going to have many more World Trade Centre if you don’t solve it — many, many more and probably beyond the World Trade Center, ” Trump told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.
On MSNBCs Morning Joe, Trump created the ire of host Joe Scarborough after he repeatedly interrupted co-host Mika Brezezinski while she attempted to ask questions.
Go to break, go to break, an exasperated Scarborough told when Trump filibustered the hosts.
Go to break, then, Joe. Go to break, Trump taunted before the segment abruptly ended.
Trumps proposal went five days after a revolutionary Muslim couple killed 14 people and injured 21 at a holiday office party in San Bernardino, Calif ., and as President Obama shall aim to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in the U.S. Critic have questioned whether the refugees can be effectively screened, but none going to go in so far as to call for a ban on all Muslims.
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 merely in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life, Trump said in a statement.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told The Associated Press that Trump’s proposed ban are applicable in “everybody, ” including Muslims trying 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. 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 detailed information, Trump told via a campaign spokesperson: “Because I am so politically correct, I would never be the one to tell. You figure it out! “
Meanwhile, his contenders for the Republican nomination wasted no time weighing in, with Jeb Bush tweeting that Trump is unhinged and Carly Fiorina calling project proposals an “overreaction[ as] dangerous as President Obama’s under-reaction.”
Muslim leaders also expressed outrage at the idea.
“This type of knee jerk, if not demagogic policy posture, is unmitigated surrender to the Islamist global narrative that they, ISIS, and all the Islamist theocrats of the world own what is and is not Islam and faithful Muslim, ” told Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
From the Democratic presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders told “Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims” and Hillary Clinton called the proposal “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive.”
On Capitol Hill, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona told, “It’s only foolish.”
But will it hurt Trump in the campaign? “I have no idea, ” McCain told. “I guessed long ago that things he told would hurt his prospects, and he continues to go up.”
FoxNews.com’s Christopher Synder and The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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