Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just caused the complete meltdown of the entire national press corps, was well as from his fellow presidential candidates, after stating that he wanted to keep all Muslims from entering the United States until lawmakers and leaders ” can figure out what is going on,” with respect to the insurgency of radical Islamists into the country.Here is Trump’s entire statement:
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. 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.”
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 that 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.” – Donald J. Trump
Like him or not, Trump is saying what many Americans are thinking. Trump is probably saying that the U.S. needs to keep Muslims out until they are properly vetted, and deep background checks are conducted on them before they are allowed to enter the country.The San Bernardino attack was committed by a radicalized home-grown terrorist, who traveled to Pakistan and brought over another Islamist to help him commit the act.
How many other these radical Muslims are already in the U.S., or are waiting to enter the country on some form of visa?
Just as Trump released his statement, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), who heads the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced that radical Islamists were actively trying to infiltrate the Syrian refugee population, this after French authorities had already confirmed that one of the terrorist of the Paris attacks was a Syrian refugee.
After the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, French authorities raided and closed down several mosques they deemed were dangerous.
Should U.S. officials start monitoring mosques, and closing down those mosques who promote hate and radicalization?Yes.
While Trump’s statement seems over-the-top to many, especially those looking to topple him from atop the 2016 GOP field of Republican presidential candidates, the harsh reality is that most Americans believe (because its true) that radicalized Muslims are responsible for the past and ongoing terrorists attacks committed against them.
Look, not all Muslims are terrorists, but just because many of them do not actually commit or take part in a terrorist act, doesn’t mean that they are not as complicit as those who carry out the act.
Those who stand idly by and turn a blind eye to the radicalization within their respective Muslim communities, are just as guilty as the actual terrorists themselves.
Donald Trump is unhinged. His “policy” proposals are not serious.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
I disagree with Donald Trump’s latest proposal. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 8, 2015
What will bring Americans together, more of these Islamic terrorists attacks, or another 9/11 style killing of Americans?
U.S. officials do not have a handle on this Islamic threat, and while it may seem unfair for those law-abiding Muslims to be temporarily be kept out of the country, those leaders, including the ones aspiring to become president like Senator Marco Rubio, need to come to terms with the fact that radical Islam is an existential threat to the United States of America.Meanwhile, the latest CNN poll has Trump leading by a “yuge” margin.
Overall, Trump has 33% support among likely GOP caucusgoers, followed by Cruz at 20% with Carson at 16%, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 11% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 4%. The new poll shows Trump up 8 points, Cruz up 9, while Carson has faded by 7 points