Donald Trump is calling for a total ban on Muslims entering the United States.
The Trump campaign released the controversial policy today, saying if elected he would initiate “a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump’s campaign manager says the ban would apply both to potential immigrants, and short term visitors.
The policy proposal comes a day after US President Barack Obama called the San Bernardino shootings, in which 14 people were killed, “an act of terror,” but urged for Americans to resist lumping all Muslims in with terrorists. The president instead called for tighter access to automatic weapons.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 7, 2015
Trump’s camp claims the policy is necessary because of a “great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.”
“Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. 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.”
It’s not the first incendiary policy regarding Muslims trump has proposed. Earlier this fall, Trump suggested he’d support mandatory registration of Muslims in a government database, claimed New Jersey Muslims cheered after 9/11, and called for surveillance of mosques in the wake of the Paris attacks.
It also follows a series of controversial anti-immigrant policies and statements, which began with Trump’s speech announcing his candidacy in which he called Mexicans criminals and rapists.
“Unhinged,” “Almost Fascist.”
Reaction to the policy has been swift. Trump’s rivals in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination, along with other leaders in the GOP have been quick to savage the idea.
Donald Trump is unhinged. His “policy” proposals are not serious.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
Every candidate for president needs to do the right thing & condemn @Realdonaldtrump‘s statement.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 7, 2015
.@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue.
— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) December 7, 2015
Reaction from the other side of the political spectrum has been similarly cutting.
The council on American-Islamic Relations called the policy “mind boggling” and “almost a fascist statement.”
And Democratic Presidential front runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were also quick to weigh in:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 7, 2015
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.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 7, 2015
Others, like mayor of St. Petersburg Florida have taken a more humorous approach to condemning the policy.
I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.
— Rick Kriseman (@Kriseman) December 8, 2015