Most mainstream commenters and politicians are appalled by Trump’s suggestion that all Muslims should be banned from entering the US including tourists and even (according to his campaign manager) US citizens who happened to be overseas for some reason, e.g. serving in the military. Here are some reactions via the BBC site.
- “ridiculous position” – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
- “dangerous overreaction” – businesswoman Carly Fiorina
- “offensive and outlandish” – Florida Senator Marco Rubio
- “unhinged” – ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush
- “outrageous divisiveness” – Ohio Governor John Kasich
- “downright dangerous” – S Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham
- “not my policy” – Texas Senator Ted Cruz
- “a fascist demagogue” – ex-Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
- “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive” – Hillary Clinton
- “demagogue” – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
But some approve the plan. Geert Wilders hopes he’ll be the next US President
“I hope @realDonaldTrump will be the next US President. Good for America, good for Europe. We need brave leaders,” he said on his twitter account.
And Robert Spencer, although he does not endorse Trump’s candidacy, lashes out at his attackers.
Must our commitment to “multiculturalism” and “diversity” override any concern for national security? Are our elected officials so afraid of being charged with “racism” and “bigotry” that they will remain committed to a program that very likely will result in the entry of more jihad killers into the U.S.? How many Americans must be killed before we consider the security aspects of immigration and the refugee crisis?
Finally here’s a rather different reaction, courtesy of the Times of Israel’s photo editor: