Democratic Mayor Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, Florida, has banned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump following his proposal to forbid any Muslims from entering the U.S.
Kriseman’s announcement comes amid a chorus of angry responses to Trump’s call to target immigrants and tourists based on their religion.
In a press release on his campaign website, Trump put out a statement “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S. until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump’s proposal followed an address by U.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 6, calling for Americans to resist blaming the Muslim community for the actions of the two mass shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernadino, California, on Dec. 2.
“I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps,” Kriseman tweeted on Dec. 7, according to The Charlotte Observer. The mayor’s tweet has already been shared over 9,000 times by his social media followers.
Kriseman is not alone in being outraged by Trump’s policy proposal. Namely, several Republican presidential candidates have condemned their rival’s controversial call to ban Muslims, according to BBC.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush called Trump’s proposal “unhinged.” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida described it as “offensive and outlandish.” New Jersey Governor deems it a “ridiculous position.” Carly Fiorina said Trump’s “overreaction is as dangerous as President Obama’s under-reaction.”
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is Trump’s closest rival in the Iowa caucus, has been reluctant to outright condemn his proposed ban, but says “Well, that is not my policy.”
Meanwhile, former Vice President Dick Cheney said a ban on Muslims “goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”
A Dec. 7 CNN/ORC poll shows Trump leading in the Iowa primary with 33 percent, followed by Cruz with 20 percent.
The business mogul has refused to back down from his widespread ban on Muslims. During a Dec. 7 campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina, Trump doubled down on his rhetoric, 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 to a chorus of cheers. He admitted that his plan is “probably not politically correct,” then added with extra emphasis “but I don’t care.”