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Reaction to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering US

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke during a campaign rally earlier this month.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke during a campaign rally earlier this month. (Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

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:

REPUBLICANS

Senator Lindsey Graham

Chris Christie

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.”

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Jeb Bush

John Kasich

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.

Carly Fiorina

‘‘Trump’s overreaction is as dangerous as President Obama’s under-reaction,” Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said.

Marco Rubio

DEMOCRATS

Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders

Martin O’Malley


The Associated Press contributed to this report.