Donald Trump calls for barring Muslims from entering US

By AFP
Published: December 8, 2015
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WASHINGTON: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday called for a “total and complete” block on Muslims entering the United States, in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in California by a Muslim couple believed to have been radicalised.

A statement from Trump’s campaign team said the halt on Muslims entering the country should remain in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

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The statement does not specify if the proposal would affect both tourists and immigrants, and also does not say if it would target American Muslims currently abroad.

Trump’s campaign cites poll data allegedly showing “hatred toward Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.”

“Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” the billionaire real estate mogul, who is leading in opinion polls among likely Republican voters, said in the statement.

“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.”

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Trump has been increasingly virulent in his remarks targeting Muslim Americans since the deadly Paris attacks, and again in the wake of last week’s shooting rampage in California, which left 14 dead and 21 wounded.

“Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!” Trump tweeted after the statement was released.

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Senior White House officials in response, lined up Monday to condemn Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, saying it was contrary to US values and interests.

“You’re being generous by describing it as a proposal,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, castigating the fiery Republican presidential frontrunner’s latest outburst as “cynical.”

“I think what Mr Trump is doing is something that he’s been doing over the course of his entire campaign, which is… to play on people’s fears in order to build support for his campaign.”

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“I think what he’s doing, he’s dividing America in a really cynical way,” Earnest told MSNBC.

A statement from Trump’s campaign team earlier ignited a political firestorm, by suggesting he would stop Muslims from entering the country “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The comments come in the wake of a mass shooting that saw a married couple kill 14 people and we denounced by many in his own party.

“It’s entirely inconsistent with the kinds of values that were central to the founding of this country,” said Earnest.

One of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy aides, Ben Rhodes, told CNN that the plan was also “contrary to our security.”

“The fact of the matter is (the Islamic State group) wants to frame this as a war between the United States and Islam,” he added.’

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“And if we look like we apply religious tests to who comes into to this country, we are sending a message that essentially we are embracing that.”

Rhodes added that the move plan, if acted upon, would also call into question the United States’ ability to work with Muslim communities to counter radicalisation.

Many Twitter users also condemned Trump’s statement:

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Reader Comments (52)

  • Proud Hindu
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:49AM

    This is hilarious.
    Americans were lecturing us about “tolerance”.
    Just one terrorist attack.
    Just imagine how many terrorist attacks we endured from Muslims.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:53AM

    Muslims are at the receiving end both from Islamic terrorists and Islamophobes.Recommend

  • Vikas
    Dec 8, 2015 - 5:05AM

    Good Move. Why would muslims go to the USA.Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 8, 2015 - 5:32AM

    I bet this idiot doesn’t even know that the USA doesn’t ask anybody their religion when granting a VISA. It’s not a factor as freedom of religion is guaranteed by their Constitution – (something he probably hasn’t read). He’s noted for making outrageous statements – suspect this one might be the one that finally backfires on him.Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Dec 8, 2015 - 5:35AM

    An outrageous stupid and frankly dangerous and divisive statement.Recommend

  • Prada
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:25AM

    This is a call the the next POTUS cannot ignore. Muslims are really better off in their own countries where they will not feel a need to resort to violence – at least in theory.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:26AM

    Certainly extremist sects should be banned. That would be most of them.Recommend

  • Charles
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:34AM

    @Toba Alu
    Is it possible Trump is getting more popular because all day every day all over the world Muslims are promoting peace and love?Recommend

  • raw is war
    Dec 8, 2015 - 7:14AM

    should have happened long back.Recommend

  • Dec 8, 2015 - 8:05AM

    Trump is an idiot. However, if this is a stunt – then that too is very sad. His greed has & will result in a great deal of pain and prejudice. This is an example of someone spreading hate and playing to the lowest common denominator. Everything that he has recently said is against the constitution – in addition the presidency is not a monarchy. Both Trump and his supporters have not read the constitution …. his supporters have not because they probably cannot read …. but him …. its a disgrace.

    Now having said that – it does not absolve us (muslims) to come to terms with the fact that there is a problem within our faith (those that call themselves muslims) – not with the faith but with the interpretation and with some that seem to use it for their own gains. My interpretation does not condone violence or hate. We need to speak out against it. Recommend

  • Travis
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:32AM

    When a mother with an infant can become a killer, there is something seriously wrong with the community. Recommend

  • Xman
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:51AM

    Regardless of whether Trump knows what he’s talking about or not, Pakistanis should now prepare to hedge themselves for both overt and covert discrimination in the US, especially for access to economic opportunities, freedom of movement and expression. It’s only a matter of time now. We shouldn’t really be worried about Arabs because it’s their mess we chose to infect our society with, and it will take time to be flushed out. Being an expat myself, I fully believe this is the time to invest in future of Pakistan, or at least consider it as a practical option in our future for the coming generations. We now have a stable democracy, and maturing institutions. We are not as intolerant or ignorant as our next door neighbour. So if things don’t take a turn for the worse, in a decade or so, we’ll be on track to a sensible, mature and responsible country. Those who can, or have the willingness and patience to give PK a chance, atleast can have an option to think PK in their future plans and for their children (unlike Syrians, Libyans, and Iraqis) Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Dec 8, 2015 - 9:04AM

    @Charles:
    I agree with you about his popularity. What you cannot see is what part of my comments were removed by the censors. So be it.Recommend

  • intolerant rohit
    Dec 8, 2015 - 9:26AM

    Now Srk n Aamir should visit US, Europe, China to enjoy tolerance Recommend

  • Sameer
    Dec 8, 2015 - 9:28AM

    The way anti Muslim sentiment is growing all over the world, it must be alarming for Muslims Recommend

  • dude
    Dec 8, 2015 - 9:40AM

    I Like it! :)Recommend

  • BOZO
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Senator McCarthy in his grave would be happy that there are still people who can divide the AmericansRecommend

  • Sodomite
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:14AM

    Muslims are not going to be pushed around by Trump. They will swim across the oceans for they have faith in the “Green Card” more than anything else in the world. Recommend

  • Vaibhav
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:20AM

    politically wrong practically rightRecommend

  • Vicky
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:33AM

    The day, world find alternative of oil, western countries will start deporting MuslimsRecommend

  • Syed
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:42AM

    No one noticing terror on Syria, Afghan, Palestine and other countries, Is it a sign of Peace?Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:54AM

    Trump is the just the surface of changing western view of Islam and Pakistanis. With his rhetoric he might even win the election just like Hitler in 1933. A majority in the electoral college is not so far fetched. Concentration camps for Muslims and end of Saudi Arabia as a theocratic state?? Is that possible?? Recommend

  • TP
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:07AM

    @BOZO: ” there are still people who can divide the Americans”
    Don’t equate Muslims with all Americans.Recommend

  • Misbah
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:22AM

    @Feroz Merchant:
    That’s a very nice comment. Kudos.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:26AM

    Can you blame him?Recommend

  • SamSal
    Dec 8, 2015 - 12:32PM

    Muslims spew so much hatred against America – they keep saying that the US is completely opposite to Islamic values, etc. etc. – but they get hurt and feel insulted when the same US wants to bar them from entering!

    Very convenient!Recommend

  • H
    Dec 8, 2015 - 1:20PM

    What this idiot doesn’t realize is that this is only going to spread more hate not reduce it!Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Dec 8, 2015 - 1:43PM

    Don’t know about you but this to me is clearly extremism.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Dec 8, 2015 - 1:54PM

    TNT is again right. All Muslim majority countries have wiped out their minorities Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Eqypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Dec 8, 2015 - 2:24PM

    @Proud Hindu: And who can forget that Hindu India many times our size cut my country into pieces in 1971…….even then we have survived…… Recommend

  • Habibullah
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:05PM

    Muslims have pride too. After today, no Muslim will EVER apply for a US visa. Recommend

  • arti
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:07PM

    This is Shaajish against religion of peaceRecommend

  • Sizzler
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:30PM

    Muslims should boycott West and not buy any products. They should work with China. We are 1.2 billion strong and can make West beg for us.

    We all know that once Pakistan gets Kashmir and Arabs destroy Israel we will be the Industrial power house and hub of peace and harmony to all minorities.Recommend

  • aziz
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:21PM

    There are 0.9% Americans who R Muslims and mostly belonged to lower middle class. It will not make difference they also send back but if Muslims start banning Americans & their products in their countries then USA economy may not survive Recommend

  • Alien1
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:25PM

    Like it or not, this man is going to be the next US president.Recommend

  • Naresh
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:44PM

    @Habibullah: Muslims have pride too. After today, no Muslim will EVER apply for a US visa.
    Sir Ji : You will never find “TAKERS” for your statement. In addition Trump is NOT ASKING FOR A PERMANENT BAN. Please read his statement :
    *A statement from Trump’s campaign team said the halt on Muslims entering the country should remain in place “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
    As such it is the Duty of the US Administration and Establishment to find out if THEY ARE AT FAULT and correct their fault by taking Positive Actions.
    Hope Sanity Prevails
    .
    CheersRecommend

  • Eddied
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:50PM

    Unlike some other countries there are no questions about religion on any USA applications…freedom of religion is guaranteed in USA…no one can be discriminated against according to their religion…it is against the laws to do that and if anyone tries to discriminate they will be stopped…this is one of the benefits of a secular society…religion can never be used as an advantage or disadvantage…their is also freedom of speech in USA so during an election season their will always be finery talk from politicians…but it is just talk…Recommend

  • Harold
    Dec 8, 2015 - 9:52PM

    USA used to ask questions on visa applications, whether one was and still is a communist. That was constitutional. Now USA can ask anyone whether he believes in the separation of church and state, as required in constitution.

    If some Musilims or others for that matter have qualms in believing separation of religion from state, and declare accordingly, USA can legally need not be admitted to USA , if so desiresRecommend

  • Eric Kumar
    Dec 8, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Please don’t blame USA for hating Muslims or Pakistanis. Do you know that Japan does not give permanent residency and citizenship. Same like Muslim countries who have same policy even for people of their faith. Saudis don’t allow non Muslims to attend or even Haj. Propagation of Islam in Japan is banned.
    In Japan in the university Arabic or any Islamic language is not taught. Japan is the only country in the world with negligible number of embassies in Islamic countries. In Japan one can not import Koran published in the Arabic language. Muslims must follow Japanese Law and Language.
    Do you know Japanese government is of the opinion that Muslims are fundamentalist, and unwilling to change their Muslims Laws. Muslims cannot even rent a house in Japan. Their is no Sharia Law in Japan.
    Please don’t blames USA. Their are many countries who are very careful with treating Muslims.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:12PM

    I am glad he is giving these kind of statements against Muslims, Latinos and the black Americans. Come elections, these blocks of voters will be casting their vote for Democratic party and the Republicans will certainly lose the White House. The Republican party is at the roots of all this hate and bigotry because they are more aligned with the ideology of the TEA Party now than they ever were. I suppose they never implemented their strategy after 2008 elections to bring in Latinos and black Americans into their fold. I say more power to you Mr.Trump, keep doing what you are doing, we are tickle pink that you are the front runner..Recommend

  • Clown
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:33PM

    @Naresh:
    He was being sarcasticRecommend

  • VGP
    Dec 9, 2015 - 12:15AM

    @Sizzler: Sweet dreamsRecommend

  • Hmm
    Dec 9, 2015 - 9:56AM

    Personally I won’t do anything which would bring a bad name to my community or religion. Why blame this guy Trump, real culprits are to be blamed, condemned.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:57AM

    @Proud Hindu:
    Trump does not represent USA. Your comment shows Obama’s honest advise has annoyed you, hereby proving him right. Posting such a pathetic defense of growing intolerance in India on Pakistani media shows your obsession with Pakistan. Grow up. I am an Indian Hindu.Recommend

  • genesis
    Dec 9, 2015 - 10:24PM

    @Sameer:
    The most recent of this is the expulsion of Hindus from Kuwait for worshiping at home and they expect tolerance in other nations for their religion How prejudiced can one be,Intolerance at home ie thier lands but acceptance in other countries?Recommend

  • Dallas Ali
    Dec 10, 2015 - 12:06AM

    Folks don’t worry. He will never make it to White House. There are Bigots everywhere. I will be shocked if I see even being nominated by Republican party. Recommend

  • Naresh
    Dec 10, 2015 - 3:41AM

    @Clown: @Naresh: He was being sarcastic
    Thank you very much for the clarification.
    CheersRecommend

  • Observer
    Dec 10, 2015 - 5:19AM

    Democrats and establishment republicans are so afraid of the truth that they would rather burry their head in and yell against Trump rather than get their heads out of you know where. Recommend

  • ashok
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:10PM

    I wonder why muslims are so keen to migrate to USA and Europe when they claim that they are culturally superior to the decadent west. The Americans and Europeans drink liquor, eat pork, have pre marital and extra marital sex, their teens get pregnant while in school, they do drugs, dress scantily, have children without marriage and have same sex marriages and partnerships. This is all against islamic values. So why are the muslims dying to live in such anti islamic environment?
    After carrying all this cultural superiority some muslim immigrants work against the host nation in various ways. They demand halal food in schools, head scarves in offices, they refuse to handle pork,beer and liquor while working in supermarkets and refuse to serve liquor while working as airline cabin crews.
    Any wonder the west is not too keen to welcome them?Recommend

  • Dallas Ali
    Dec 12, 2015 - 5:02AM

    @ashok:
    Dogmatic you are.

    Muslims immigrate to West for the same reason Buddhist, Hindus do. They want better economic opportunities and better life for their families. Muslims like Jews and certain sects of Christians do when handle pork, alcohol and cultural issues just like Hindu’s do.when they handle Beef.

    This great nation that I have lived in for last 43 year is multicultural and I for one do not demonise any group for a Satanic act of an individual.

    Start anew and help heal the wounds left by the senseless killing. I am sure God will serve these people, God has not sent us in the world to Judge! Enough said.Recommend

  • Trump the Next President of USA
    Dec 12, 2015 - 6:14AM

    He has the guts to say politically incorrect but practically correct ideas to save further harm to USA…. The problem with the West is that they always want to be politically correct… If any problem has gone too far to be tackled, some radical steps have to be taken… If a temporary ban is required to clean up issues, what is so wrong with that?? Moderate Muslims cannot keep just blaming Trump, they also have a responsibility to educate their communities that “Religion” and Religious practices are personal choices and these need to be confined to own homes, don’t go to USA if you expect to practice “Sharia law”…People with Extremist ideologies need to be filtered for any country to continue providing safe and secured environment to its citizens. Recommend

  • Eric Kumar
    Dec 12, 2015 - 7:28AM

    @curious2:
    The world should be reminded of some important precedents. Jimmy Carter banned Iranians from entering U.S. during the time Tehran held Americans hostages. Democrat icon Franklin Roosevelt interred Japanese- American citizens during world war II. In 1924 congress passed president Coolidge signed a law severely restricting immigrants following massive wave at the turn of the 20TH century in order to make sure they were assimilated. That law lasted until 1936..
    Today America is faced with another major threat to our way of life. There is no constitutional right to come to America or even become an American. That is a privilege.
    You may not like Trump; might never vote for him. You might even think of him a bigot, but a lot what he says—while it may sound shocking—is a loud rebuke to those who think there is nothing wrong with unlimited immigration from countries that train terrorists. Said commentator Cal Thomas.Recommend

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