Donald Trump wants a “total and complete shutdown” of any Muslim anywhere in the world from entering the United States.
In this group, he includes Muslim soldiers who are American citizens fighting in Afghanistan. That’s it. They can’t come home.
When asked by The Hill whether that would include Muslim-American citizens currently abroad, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks replied over email: “Mr. Trump says, ‘everyone.'”
Trump is quoted in the statement as saying that a significant number of Muslims harbor a “hatred” toward America and as a result should be kept out of the country.
He backed that up with a poll by the Center for Security Policy, a think-tank that has criticized the role of Muslims in America.
That poll showed that one-quarter of Muslims living in America polled “agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as part of the global jihad” and that a majority think that Muslims in America should be allowed to answer to Shariah law.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” Trump said.
“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’s comments come less than a week after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., killed 14 people. The alleged shooters were both Muslim, and the federal government is investigating whether the attack was tied to terrorism.
The move also follows President Obama’s Sunday night speech, where he preached the importance of tolerance in light of the California shooting.
How can anyone who calls himself an “American” make a statement like that? Incredible. Preventing a U.S. citizen from returning home because of his religion? That’s easily the most outrageous — and illegal — proposal Trump has made to date.
I don’t expect any of Trump’s supporters to change their mind about him because of this rancid statement. But maybe his schtick is beginning to wear thin. A new poll out today shows Senator Ted Cruz surging ahead of Trump in Iowa. This may be the beginning of the long expected downturn in Trump’s support.
We can only hope.