After the San Bernardino Islamist attacks in December Donald Trump said the US should ban Muslims entering the US “until we find out what the hell is going on.”
Today a majority of Americans now support a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
The Intercept reported, via Refugee Resettlement Watch:
A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS NOW AGREE WITH BANNING ALL NON-CITIZEN MUSLIMS FROM THE UNITED STATES, ACCORDING TO A NEW POLL COMING LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AFTER DONALD TRUMP FIRST PROPOSED THE POLICY.
A YOUGOV/HUFFINGTON POST POLL PUBLISHED THIS WEEK FOUND THAT 51 PERCENT OF AMERICANS NOW SUPPORT THE BAN, UP FROM 45 PERCENT IN DECEMBER. THE SAME POLL ALSO FOUND STRONG SUPPORT
Trump called Monday for outlawing immigrants from areas of the world with a history of terrorism as part of his proposed temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States — a radical rewriting of U.S. counterterrorism policy that he argued was essential to protect the peace and security of women and gays in particular.
The Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee escalated his already controversial rhetoric about immigrants in the wake of Sunday’s massacre at a gay nightclub, even though the shooter was born in New York. Trump accused American Muslims of harboring terrorists and blamed them for the Orlando attack as well as for last December’s shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.
“The Muslims have to work with us,” Trump said in a speech Monday afternoon in New Hampshire. “They know what’s going on. They know that [Orlando gunman Omar Mateen] was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death and destruction.”
In a speech laden with falsehoods and exaggeration, Trump was antagonistic and pugnacious, in stark contrast with his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, who also spoke Monday about combating terrorism. Trump denounced President Obama and Clinton for “deadly ignorance” and warned that they were endangering lives with weakness and indecision.
“We need to tell the truth also about how radical Islam is coming to our shores,” Trump said. He added: “We need a new leader. We need a new leader fast. . . . They have put political correctness above common sense, above your safety and above all else. I refuse to be politically correct.”
Trump outlined a racially charged overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws and a nationalistic, defensive posture in fighting terrorism, while Clinton advocated continuing and in some cases enhancing existing policies from the Obama administration in which she served.
The former secretary of state said that the terrorist threat is “metastasizing” and vowed to root out “lone wolves” who might carry out attacks and to ramp up the air campaign targeting Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.
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(via: Centralnews America)