Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has set out a new immigration, security, foreign and constitutional policy by calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
The apprentice politician wants to deal with multiple issues simply and simultaneously, reducing the cost of institutional bigotry while at the same time increasing the profits of political incorrectness.
In the statement, which was apparently emailed to reporters, Trump tosses aside “various polling data,” explaining that instinct is telling him what this country needs is a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
(The proposed ban applies to Muslim immigrants and tourists alike, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tells the AP.)
What prompted this new, oddly-timed, oddly-worded so-called policy announcement? Only Trump can say. In other news, Ted Cruz beat Trump in a Monmouth University poll of Iowa Republicans today.
Trump Called Monday For A Total And Complete Shutdown Of Muslims Entering The United States
In the most dramatic reaction to date from a presidential contender to recent terrorist attacks, Trump argued that anyone belonging to the faith should be considered a potential threat. The ban would presumably apply to immigrants, tourists and business travelers.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension,” Trump said in the statement. “Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.”
The email cites a 2015 study by the Center for Security Policy, a group that advocates a more aggressive response to Islamic radicalism, that found 25% of Muslims living in the United States agreed violence against Americans was justified as part of the global jihad, and 51% polled agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah law. The survey, which was not published with a margin of error, was completed “online” under procedures that were undisclosed had a sample of 600 self-identified Muslims.
The director of the Center for Security Policy, Frank Gaffney, recently stopped appearing on panels for the Conservative Political Action Conference, one of the largest annual gatherings of conservative activists, because he argued the group had been under the “malign influence” of leaders with “involvement in the Muslim Brotherhood.” One of the leaders Gaffney targeted was Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, who has no personal involvement with the brotherhood.