Donald Trump, a United States presidential candidate, has proposed that all Muslims be banned from entering the United States. On December 7th, Trump made the following statement: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” He made this announcement at a USS Yorktown gathering. The crowd applauded and cheered in agreement (see video below).

Trump is a republican presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. He is currently the front-runner of the republican party. His statements are causing a large political divide in the country. The fact that Trump is currently number one in the polls shows that a large portion of the American population agrees with his ideas.

However, there has also been a strong public opposition to his radical rhetoric by members of the United States government. Both republicans and democrats were quick to speak out against Trump’s proposal. Hillary Clinton, the democratic front-runner called Trump’s ideas “shameless and dangerous.” Republican house speaker, Paul Ryan, a conservative, said that “what was proposed… is not what [the Republican] party stands for and, more importantly, is not what [the United States] stands for.”

The word “dangerous” has been used by many to describe Trump’s proposal. Others, like Chris Christie, have used the opportunity to point out that the candidate has no experience in politics, government or foreign affairs.

Trump’s statement came after the mass shooting in San Bernadino, California – where a couple shot 14 people and left another 21 wounded at a work holiday party. The couple, an American-born man and a Pakistani-born woman were thought to be Muslim. However, recent FBI reports show that the couple had been radicalized long before the shooting occurred.

This couple from San Bernadino were not Muslims, but radical Islamists – a very important distinction that Donald Trump and those who agree with him are not considering.

Trump’s statements have caused a reaction beyond the United States. A woman from Scotland has started a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK. The petition has been signed by over 250,000 people and could be seriously considered by Parliment.

 

Sources: Time, CNN, NYTimes, WashingtonPost
Photo by: Gage Skidman