Reaction to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering US
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Monday afternoon called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. The proposal drew an immediate reaction online, including from Trump’s fellow presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle. Below are a few of their responses:
Senator Lindsey Graham
He’s putting at risk the lives of interpreters, American supporters, diplomats, & the troops in the region by making these bigoted comments— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 7, 2015
Appearing on the Michael Medved radio show Monday, Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie denounced Donald Trump’s proposal.
“This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about,” Christie said when asked about the proposal. “We need to back up our law enforcement officers, who are out there fighting this fight everyday, give them the tools they need. We need to cooperate with peaceful Muslim-Americans, who want to give us intelligence against those who are radicalized.”
Donald Trump is unhinged. His "policy" proposals are not serious.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
The campaign of Republican presidential candidate John Kasich released a short statement in response to Trump Monday afternoon:
“This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States,” Kasich said.
‘‘Trump’s overreaction is as dangerous as President Obama’s under-reaction,” Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said.
I disagree with Donald Trump's latest proposal. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 8, 2015
Demagogues throughout our history have attempted to divide us based on race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 7, 2015
The Associated Press contributed to this report.