Leading American presidential candidate Donald Trump has, on Monday, called for a “total and complete shutdown” all Muslims, including American citizens who are Muslim and currently abroad, from entering the United States, until the nation’s leader can “figure out what is going on” in the wake of the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California.
Addressing a rally in South Carolina, the front-runner Trump, who in September declared “I love the Muslims,” said Muslims should not be allowed to enter the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
He also warned of more September 11-style attacks if stern measures are not taken.
“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. 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,” he said.
The presidential candidate’s controversial ‘policy’ proposal has left Muslims in America worried.
He said “hatred” among many Muslims for Americans is “beyond comprehension, adding that the United States needed to confront “where this hatred comes from and why.”
“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,” said Trump.
The Republican front-runner’s remark drew fierce blow-back form many directions including the White House. Republican former Vice President Dick Cheney, said the idea “goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”
“Donald Trump is unhinged. His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious,” Republican presidential Jeb Bush said in a tweet.