Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received widespread condemnation at home and abroad after his call for a ban on Muslims entering the US.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest in a media briefing urged Republicans to disown Trump who is in the race to represent them in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s remarks have been widely condemned for fueling anti-Muslim sentiments.
“They should say right now that they would not support Donald Trump for president. What he said is disqualifying. And any Republican who is too fearful of the Republican base to admit it, has no business serving as president either,” he said.
Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of the Council on American and Islamic Relations, said that Trump’s remarks have echoes of Nazi Germany. “He and others are playing into the hands of ISIS. Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours. He and others are playing into the hands of ISIS,” said Awad.
On Tuesday, an imam of a mosque in US said in a video, “What I am worried about is this kind of thought impacting the Americans who doesn’t know us, whose children go to the same school as our children.”
Speaking to Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera, Mohammed Magid said, “Some people said the same thing about the Jewish community and some have said the same about former president J F Kennedy, whether he can be trusted or where his loyalties lie. America has gone through that before and is going through this now, which it too shall overcome.”
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Donald Trump had mentioned in his campaign statement that such a ban should stand “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”. “It’s common sense we have to do it,” he had said. “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,” Trump said in the statement.
He added on Twitter: “Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!”