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Donald Trump calls for Muslims to be barred from entering US

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Washington: Donald Trump has pushed this already toxic Republican primary campaign into even uglier territory with his call to ban entry of all Muslims into the United States – including American citizens currently abroad.

But he cannot have surprised many close observers. He has been heading down this path since he launched his campaign with a speech in which he called Mexicans rapists.

Mr Trump announced his policy for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” in a press release on Monday as the US was still coming to terms with an attack in California that killed 14 by a Muslim US citizen and his Pakistani wife.

“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,”  Mr Trump said on Monday.

“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.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Trump confirmed the authenticity of the statement. Asked what prompted it, Mr Trump said “death”, according to the spokeswoman.

The remarks follow his call for the creation of a database of American Muslims and the closure of mosques, his sniggering at assaults on a homeless Hispanic man in Boston and a black protester at one of his rallies.

Just last week at a rally, Mr Trump said that US President Barack Obama’s refusal to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” indicated that “there is something going on with him that we don’t know about”.

His supporters know that code. It is race baiting. It is suggesting that Mr Obama is a Muslim agent dedicated to America’s undoing.

Charting the panic growing within the establishment wing of the Republican Party at Mr Trump’s ongoing dominance has become an area of specialisation for some  political reporters during this election cycle, just as Democrats delighted in the damage they believed he was doing to the Republican brand.

“I am a person of faith – and The Donald’s entry into this race can only be attributed to the fact that the good Lord is a Democrat with a sense of humour,” Paul Begala, a former adviser to Bill Clinton and now an adviser to Priorities USA Action, a political action committee supporting Hillary Clinton, told The Washington Post in early July.

Moderates on both sides of the aisle are no longer laughing. They recognise how dangerous Mr Trump’s rhetoric could prove to be, particularly because its ugly tone is already being aped, and not only by his closest Republican rivals, senator Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.

Last month Dr Carson likened Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs”. Just this weekend Senator Cruz, a former debating champion who has adopted Mr Trump’s “tough guy” language, said of his enthusiasm for bombing IS: “We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”

And the language is leaking out across the conservative heartland.

Nevada assemblywoman Michele Fiore – the same woman who caused an online stir with her Christmas card depicting her family armed to the hilt – rejected a call to ban Syrian refugees on the grounds that she would like the pleasure of killing them herself.

“What – are you kidding me? I’m about to fly to Paris and shoot ’em in the head myself!” she said on her radio show, recounting an earlier conversation she’d had.

“I am not OK with Syrian refugees. I’m not OK with terrorists. I’m OK with putting them down, blacking them out, just put a piece of brass in their ocular cavity and end their miserable life. I’m good with that,” she continued.

Mr Trump’s call to ban Muslims from America has been dismissed out of hand by establishment candidates Jeb Bush (who called him “unhinged”) and Lindsey Graham (who called it “downright dangerous”).

Retired Lieutenant-General Mark Hertling likened Mr Trump’s call to “Abu Ghraib on steroids” as a recruiting tool for Islamic State.

But at a Trump rally early on Monday evening on the deck of the USS Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier moored in South Carolina, his supporters cheered long and loud as he detailed the proposal.

The proposal drew immediate condemnation from Muslim Americans. Eboo Patel, the president of Interfaith Youth Core, based in Chicago, said: “I’m standing in a building right now where I am looking up at the Sears Tower, which was designed by Fazlur Rahman Khan,” a structural engineer originally from Bangladesh who was behind what is now known as the Willis Tower.

“What if we had barred Russians from America because of the Cold War? Who would have invented Google?” Mr Patel asked, referring to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

with New York Times

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