During an appearance on "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Dec. 9, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that his call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S. "has nothing to do with religion" (video below).
When he was asked about his proposed ban on those who follow the Islamic religion (Muslims), Trump mentioned the 9/11 terrorist attacks "and lots of other things that have happened," notes Mediate.com.
Trump cited the San Bernardino, California, mass shooting, and added that "a lot of people knew that was going to happen."
He added that the ban would only be for a "limited period of time."
"But our country has got to get its act together," he said. "We have people that don't know what they're doing. We need safety. We want to make America great again, but we need safety in our country.”
When co-host Kelly Ripa asked Trump if his proposal to ban people (per their self-professed religion) would violate the Constitution, Trump replied:
These are people that aren't in the country. The people who are in the country, they're in the country. We're not talking about them. These are people who are outside the country, so we're really not talking about the Constitution.
And it’s not about religion, this is about about safety. This has nothing to do with religion, it’s about safety. A lot of problems are happening in our country.
Katrina Pierson, a spokesperson for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was asked about the ban on Muslims by CNN host S.E. Cupp on Dec. 8, reports RawStory.com.
“No one’s talking about allowing insurgents,” Cupp said. “You’re talking about not allowing regular Muslims. That’s what you’re talking about. No one’s talking about insurgents. Who wants insurgents to come over?”
“Yes, from Arab nations,” Pierson replied. “You know what? So what? They’re Muslim.”
“So what?” Cups responded. “That’s not the America we live in, Katrina.”