Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Trump's Muslim Remarks Ain't Gonna Hurt Him!

Not going to dent him. The negative is actually helping him.

The junk food media had said this before about Donald Trump's poll numbers being in trouble.

The Republicans said that "we don't know if this could hurt Trump with the voters". 

And like the last time, he ended up surging. The Republicans believe that political correctness is making their candidates too soft. They overwhelmingly support Trump when it comes to handling terrorism. 

Given his lack of experience in foreign policy, many Republicans believe that if you're too much of a fixture in Washington, DC, you're a nobody to them. Even Ted Cruz suffers. He's supposed to be the anti-government lawmaker. But since he's a fixture in Washington, many Republicans don't support him.

Republicans really have a real mess on them. The insurgents still support The Donald despite all the extreme rhetoric coming out his mouth.

Last night, Trump called for a ban of all Muslims entering the United States. The remarks grew a loud applause from his supporters, widespread condemnation from the Democrats and even the Republicans.

Trump made his remarks down in South Carolina on the commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

He read from a paper remarks from the junk food media. Trump at first blast the junk food media for being dishonest in his quoting. He called the junk food media, "scum". He reads a poll from the Center for Security Policy, about foreign sentiment about America from Muslims. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center said that the Center for Security Policy and its founder Frank Gaffney are anti-Islam and openly called for profiling of Muslims in the United States.

Trump gets riled up by the tragedy in San Bernardino. As he read from the paper he called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. That remark got a thunderous applause from his crowd.

He said "we have no choice". 

He finished reading the paper by saying the sentiment from Muslims towards America is hateful.

He was on the USS Yorktown and told a crowd that American Muslims justify attacks on the country and support Shir'a law. The comments he read came from the Center for Security Policy.

For the Republicans, they likely agree with Trump's remarks. They just don't say that shit in the public venue. They say this shit behind closed doors and through dog whistle politics. Matter of fact, they wished they could have said what Trump said but they don't say it like that. 

They usually motivated by the words "radical Islam". Trump's remarks are equal to what the Republicans and their conservative allies say about Muslim everyday.

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Anyway, the comments attracted major controversy. The Republican candidates quickly condemned him. Several fellow Republican presidential candidates were quick to condemn Donald Trump’s call Monday to end all Muslim entry to the United States.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham was first to respond, calling the statement "downright dangerous" to the United States, and he was quickly followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who called it "ridiculous" and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush who called Trump "unhinged."

Jeb Bush said via Twitter. "His 'policy' proposals are not serious."

John Kasich slammed Trump's "outrageous divisiveness," while a more measured Ted Cruz, who has always been cautious about upsetting Trump's supporters, said, "Well, that is not my policy."

Trump's plan also drew criticism from the heads of the Republican Party in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first three states to vote in next year's presidential primaries.

New Hampshire GOP's chairwoman Jennifer Horn said the idea is "un-Republican. It is unconstitutional. And it is un-American," while South Carolina chairman Matt Moore said on Twitter, "As a conservative who truly cares about religious liberty, Donald Trump's bad idea and rhetoric send a shiver down my spine."

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Trump's proposed ban would apply to "everybody," including Muslims seeking immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the country.

His campaign did not immediately respond to questions about whether it would also include Muslims who are U.S. citizens and travel outside of the country, including members of the military, or how a determination of someone's religion might be made by customs and border officials.

Instead, Trump said via a campaign spokeswoman: "Because I am so politically correct, I would never be the one to say. You figure it out!"

There are more than 5,800 servicemen and women on active U.S. military duty and in the reserves who self-identify as Muslim and could be assigned to serve overseas. Trump said in an interview Monday night on the right wing network, "They'll come home." He added, "This does not apply to people living in the country, except that we have to vigilant."

It was also unclear whether Trump's ban would apply to Muslim allies in the fight against Islamic State militants. Ari Fleischer, a former aide to Republican President George W. Bush, tweeted, "Under Trump, the King Abdullah of Jordan, who is fighting ISIS, won't be allowed in the US to talk about how to fight ISIS."

But at Trump's rally in South Carolina, the proposed ban struck supporter Shelley Choquette as reasonable, because "it's not going to be forever. I think everybody needs to be checked."

Religion can factor into immigration decisions, but that typically happens when people are fleeing religious persecution. People of a particular religion may get favorable treatment by the United States, as when Russian Jews sought to leave the Soviet Union.

In the late 1800s, Congress passed legislation broadly aimed at halting Chinese immigration. But said Leti Volpp, a University of California expert on immigration law, "there is no precedent for a religious litmus test for admitting immigrants into the United States."

"Excluding almost a quarter of the world's population from setting foot in the United States based solely upon their religious identity would never pass constitutional muster," Volpp said.

Trump's proposal comes a day after President Barack Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office about the shootings in San Bernardino, California, which Obama said was "an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people."

The FBI said Monday the Muslim couple who carried out the massacre had been radicalized and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one case within days of the attack last week that killed 14 people.

Trump's campaign has been marked by a pattern of inflammatory statements, dating back to his harsh rhetoric about Mexican immigrants. He has taken a particularly hard line against Muslims in the days since the Paris attacks, advocating enhanced surveillance of mosques due to fears over radicalization.

"Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours," said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "He and others are playing into the hands of Islamic State. This is exactly what Islamic State wants from Americans: to turn against each other."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest accused Trump of playing on people's fears and trying to tap into "a darker side, a darker element" of American society.

From the Democratic presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders said "Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims" and Hillary Clinton called the proposal "reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive."

On Capitol Hill, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said, "It's just foolish."

But will it hurt Trump in the campaign? "I have no idea," McCain said. "I thought long ago that things he said would hurt his prospects, and he continues to go up."

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has also spoke out against the comments of Trump. The civil rights organization strongly believes the rhetoric from Republicans is sparking a rise in Islamophobia. They think that Trump is a demagogue.

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