Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
The Republican presidential hopeful — for the umpteenth time this year — prompted controversy after calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," following terror attacks by Islamic extremists in California and France.
His ban also applies to tourists as well as American-Muslims currently abroad.
Yet again, for the second time in just three weeks, he cited outright false statistics from a think-tank headed by “one of America’s most notorious Islamaphobes.”
"Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension," Trump said in a statement emailed to reporters on Monday. "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," he continued.
In fact, it was just last month, the media mogul suggested that he would "certainly implement" a database system for tracking Muslims in the U.S. — an idea glaringly reminiscent of the prelude to the Holocaust.
However, by calling for a complete travel ban on Muslims, Trump has gone too far for many. Here are responses from some prominent Muslims who denounced his Nazi-esque proposal.
Human Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide, released the following statement:
Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American religious scholar, well-known for his book Zealot, tweeted:
Shit! I'm in Haiti. Well I guess I'll just have to live here. They have inalienable constitutional rights so it's ok https://t.co/LEmp9ssaKr— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) December 7, 2015
Linda Sarsour, a Brooklyn-based civil rights activist stated:
This guy is really off his rocker. Silent majority, you have been summoned. https://t.co/r7ru1SoZ3j— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) December 7, 2015
Dean Obeidallah, a columnist for the Daily Beast, wrote:
Watching trump tell his crowd tonight 50 % of American Muslims want to kill non Muslims +change ur faith was scariest thing I've ever seen— Dean Obeidallah (@Deanofcomedy) December 8, 2015
A couple of other well-known public figures — including Trump’s presidential rivals — also tweeted their reactions:
Now, @realDonaldTrump and others want us to hate all Muslims.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 7, 2015
Donald Trump is unhinged. His "policy" proposals are not serious.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
.@Realdonaldtrump has gone from making absurd comments to being downright dangerous with his bombastic rhetoric.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 7, 2015
.@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue.— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) December 7, 2015
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
Donald Trump is now an actual threat to national security. He's providing jihadists ammunition for their campaign to demonize the US.— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 7, 2015
This is the fault of Trump first, but it's also the doing of the toxic anti-Muslim polemicists stoking this sickness https://t.co/j76yMSd51k— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 7, 2015
Donald Trump's campaign is like a steam engine to antebellum America that's powered by bad ideas.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) December 7, 2015
Trump. Radicalized. https://t.co/xpkkqj3R5k— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 8, 2015
It’s not like people needed more proof of Donald Trump’s bigotry — he just took it a notch up. After all, this is the man who has single-handedly alienated Latinos, women, gays, Chinese, Muslims, Jews, blacks and the disabled in less than six months.
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