In a press release Monday, Donald Trump shocked the world with a statement delivered in Charleston, South Carolina. His statement and the action he hopes to see are his boldest yet, and it’s sure to fire up both the political left and right. One thing is for sure, it’s something Barack Obama would never say or do.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” The bombshell statement, which Trump expanded on in a speech late Monday afternoon, is rocking the political world on both sides of the aisle. Trump’s remarks, based on his press release, explain his views and plan to combat Pew Research’s poll on Muslim’s in the U.S.
With the Internet blazing with commentary and speculation, Trump’s press release, via Daily Caller, goes on to state:
According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. 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 who believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.”
Trump refined his statements this morning, saying it would not affect Muslims now living in the U.S. The ban would not affect Muslims in our military. The ban is to “pause” Muslims coming into the U.S. until the government can put a plan in place and “figure out what is going on, where these people are from, and who they are associating with.”
Also under the “ban” are Muslims who have left the U.S. to travel to Middle eastern countries and are now attempting to gain entry back into the U.S. This “pause” affects many Muslims trying to migrate to the U.S., and Trump cites his plan as common sense, based on the Pew Research poll, secondary to the San Bernardino shooting.
Feeding into the fear of Muslims entering the U.S. are facts now made public about the San Bernardino female shooter Malik. Homeland Security and the FBI missed the fact that Malik had no legitimate address and missed her known ties to radical Islam. Deliveries to Farook’s address, including large amounts of ammunition along with other suspicious visitors at all hours, also went unchecked and are another reason Americans are now on high alert. Unsurprisingly, gun sales are at an all time high.
Reporting on the show Fox and Friends this morning, Steve Doocy stated, “Emails coming into Fox on Trump’s plan to ban Muslims show a 75% approval rating.” Reactions from the left have ranged from complete horror to a liberal newspaper showing Trump in a Hitler salute. As the news day goes on, we expect more developing commentary and reaction from all major press outlets.