While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. has been met with widespread outrage from both Democratic and Republican politicians, the business mogul has been defiant to his critics. Video below.
In response to the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Trump’s official campaign website put out a statement on Dec. 7 calling for a widespread ban on allowing any Muslim immigrants or tourists from entering the country.
The proposal has been met with outrage from politicians from both parties. While Democrats have been unanimous in their stance against Trump’s plan, GOP presidential candidates have also expressed disapproval, according to NPR.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Trump “unhinged.” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida deemed the ban “outlandish and offensive.” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told reporters “No, that is not my policy.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has also said that Trump’s proposal “goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”
Meanwhile, during a Dec. 8 press conference, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump’s opinions on Muslims are “not who we are as a party,” according to CNN. “This is not conservatism.”
If Trump has overstepped a line in presidential politics, he shows no sign of feeling the heat. At a Dec. 7 campaign rally in Charlottesville, South Carolina, the business mogul restated his restated his position on banning all Muslims from entering the country, The Guardian reports.
“We need a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States while we figure out what the hell is going on,” Trump said, receiving a chorus of cheers from his supporters. “We have no idea who’s coming into this country. We have no idea if they love us or hate us. We have no idea if they want to bomb us.”
Trump admitted that his proposal is “probably not politically correct… but I don’t care.”
During a Dec. 8 interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump made no apologies for his policy.
Describing his proposed ban as temporary, Trump referenced U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policy of interning Japanese Americans during WWII as justification.
When asked if he was actually considering placing American Muslims in internment camps, Trump responded ““We’re not talking about internment. This is a whole different thing… you should be afraid of the other side, not my side.”