Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois has described Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. “outrageous” and “un-American.”
Durbin is the Assistant Minority Leader, making him the second most powerful Democrat within the Senate, only behind Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.
The senator gave a fiery condemnation of the proposed Muslim ban on Dec. 12, The Hill reports.
While he did not call Trump out by name, Durbin’s critical remarks were unmistakably aimed at the business mogul.
"A candidate for president of the United States of a major political party has called for the exclusion of Muslims from being allowed to immigrate into the United States," Durbin said. "That is reprehensible. It is outrageous and it is un-American."
The senator said that alienating Muslim Americans hurts national security and that lawmakers “must condemn bias and bigotry aimed at Muslims Americans and make it clear that we will not tolerate religious discrimination.”
Durbin has previously condemned Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, calling on the Republican party to distance itself from the policy.
“If there is not a clear break between the Republican Party and what Donald Trump has said from top to bottom, shame on that Grand Old Party,” Durbin said on Dec. 8, according to Real Clear Politics.
While the Assistant Minority Leader is strongly against imposing a religious ban on immigration and tourism, he has proposed several ideas to strengthening national security against the infiltration of radicalized terrorists.
Durbin has proposed fingerprinting every foreign visitor who enters the U.S., banning the sale of firearms to individuals on the no-fly list and enlisting tech companies in helping the government track potential security threats, CBS St. Louis reports.
“I think we live in a different world. We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect America and to stop terrorism around the world,” said Durbin.
According to a Dec. 14 ABC News/Washington Post poll, while Democratic and Independent U.S. voters are against Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, the majority of Republican respondents support the idea by 59 percent.