Donald Trump maintains Muslims should face US ban

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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A petition has been signed by over 200,000 people urging Donald Trump, who is the front runner to become the Republican Party’s candidate for President of the United States, to be banned from entering the United Kingdom. This follows Mr Trump’s comments that Muslims should be blocked from entering the US. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has also removed Trump from his role as business ambassador for Scotland.

Donald Trump defended his policy on Tuesday of banning Muslims from the US
Image: Gage Skidmore.

On Monday, Mr Trump said he wants a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the US” until the country can understand “what is going on” with regard to terrorism. He said in his statement that a large number of Muslims show “great hatred towards Americans”.

On Tuesday, Trump reinforced this belief when speaking on Good Morning America, saying America has “no choice but to do this”.

Trump’s comments on Monday came three days after a shooting in San Bernardino, California by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, in which fourteen people were killed. US President Barack Obama said in an address from the Oval Office on Sunday the attack was an act of terrorism.

Donald Trump’s statement has been widely criticised, including by members of his own political party. Republican Matt Moore said the policy is a “bad idea” and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who is running against Trump to become Presdiential candidate, said “this is not Conservatism”.

Democrat candidate for President Hillary Clinton described Trump’s comments as “Shameful”. Secretary of State John Kerry argued Trump’s statement could be detrimental in the ongoing fight against Islamic State (IS), saying his remarks were “not constructive”.

Trump argued that his policy idea is “no different” to that of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policy which saw Japanese deportations from the US and the confinement of Japanese people within US camps following Japan’s attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Mr Trump also said the policy should not be implemented on Muslims currently living within the US.

Kassem Allie from the Islamic Center of America, accused Trump of evoking fear “reminiscent of Nazi Germany and Stalin“. US Secretarty of Homeland Security said Mr Trump’s comments could adversely impact on US security. The Pentagon was also concerned that Trump’s demands could be counterproductive in the fight against, arguing it “bolsters Isil’s narrative”.

Mr Trump also said on Tuesday that police in London are “afraid for their lives” in some areas because of radicalisation in the city. These comments were rebuffed by the United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron who said Trump was “simply wrong” and Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the claim was “ridiculous”.