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Trump Won't Back Down From Muslim Ban

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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said he has no intention of walking back on his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States for the unforeseeable future.

"We have to be extremely careful, vigilant.," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on May 4. "We have to find out what the hell is going on."

Trump added that he's not concerned about the potential political consequences for sticking to his words.

"I’m doing the right thing when I do this," he said. "And whether it’s Muslim or whether it’s something else, I mean, I have to do the right thing, and that’s the way I’ve been guided."

"And I've been guided by common sense, by what's right," he added. "And you see what's happening. We have to be careful. I mean, we're allowing thousands of people to come into our country, thousands and thousands of people being placed all over the country that frankly nobody knows who they are. They don't have documentation in many cases — in most cases. And we don't know what we're doing.”

In December 2015, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," according to a press release on Trump's website.

According to a March YouGov poll, 51 percent of Americans agree with enacting a ban on Muslims, while 40 percent disagree.

Among Independents, the most coveted voting bloc in a presidential election, the numbers are even better: 62 percent of political Independents favor a ban and only 37 percent oppose it. 

Sources: MSNBC via The Hill, DonaldJTrump.comYouGov / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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