Donald Trump: 'Complete Shutdown' On Muslims Entering U.S.

| by Michael Allen
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced on Dec. 7 that there should be a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks was asked by The Hill if Trump was also including Muslim-American citizens who are currently outside the country, and Hicks replied via email, "Mr. Trump says, 'everyone.'"

Trump's formal campaign statement, posted by NBC News reporter Katy Tur on Twitter, referred to an alleged poll by the Pew Research Center that showed "there is a great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."

However, The Washington Post wasn't able to locate any supporting polls by Pew, but it did find a Pew poll from November that found most Muslims around the world have disdain for ISIS (also known as ISIL, Daesh or the Islamic State), and a 2011 Pew poll that found 21 percent of Muslim Americans believe there was support for extremism among their people.

Trump's statement also referenced another poll from the Center for Security Policy, an organization run by Frank Gaffney, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as "one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes."

Gaffney's poll declared that 25 percent "of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as part of the global jihad," and that 51 percent "of those polled agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah" law, according to Trump's statement.

"Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension," Trump said in the statement. "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.

"Donald Trump is indeed a ‘net positive’ for the Republican Party — as their Chairman called him — because he shows America what the Republican Party really stands for with his rhetoric that only helps enemies like ISIL/Daesh to recruit extremists," Christina Freundlich, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said in a response to Trump's statement, according to CNN.

Sources: The Hill, Twitter, Pew Research Center (2), The Washington Post, Southern Poverty Law Center, CNN

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