Donald Trump has spewed out even more anti-Islamic speech, calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims.”
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension,” Trump said in a statement Monday. “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.”
His latest comments sing a very different tune from ones he made in September, when he said, “I love the Muslims. I think they’re great people” reminiscent of his claims that he and the Latino community have a mutual “love” despite his very strict policies regarding immigration and his suggestion to implement Operation Wetback. Operation Wetback was a controversial policy implemented by President Dwight D. Eisenhower that resulted in the deaths of many immigrants.
Trump previously came under fire for his controversial anti-Islam rhetoric when he said he wasn’t opposed to shutting down mosques and that he would “absolutely” create a database to track Muslims living in America an idea many people found reminiscent of Adolf Hitler’s policies in Nazi Germany, when Jews were forced to publicly register and identify their religion.
“You’re going to have many more World Trade Centers if you don’t solve it many, many more and probably beyond the World Trade Center,” he said in an interview on “New Day.”
But with publications like NYT asking if the real estate mogul is a fascist, many are wondering: has Trump has gone too far this time
Trump’s fellow Republican presidential hopefuls have weighed in and most of them said that he has in fact crossed the line the exception being Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who previously said he would put a halt on visas for people coming from countries with high jihadist activity.
Former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called the mogul “unhinged” in regards to his newest proposal.
Donald Trump is unhinged. His “policy” proposals are not serious.
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio raised concerns that Trump’s rhetoric will only divide the country further. “[Trump’s] habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together,” he said. “The next president better be somebody who can unite our country to face the great challenges of the 21st Century.”
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham went straight to the point in an interview with CNN on Tuesday: “You know how you make America great again Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.”
According to Graham, Trump’s rhetoric has already proven to be problematic. Graham recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, where he said troops and allies are concerned that Trump has taken his hatred too far and is endangering Americans who are currently overseas.
“[Trump] is putting our troops serving abroad and our diplomats at risk,” he said.
Graham also took to his Twitter account to say Trump crossed the line “from making absurd comments to being downright dangerous with his bombastic rhetoric” and also urged his fellow Republicans to denounce Trump’s policy.
Meanwhile, Muslim Americans are concerned that Trump’s comments are feeding into hysteria across the country and misinforming the country.
Irfan Butt, a Muslim American and CEO of QualIT One, said that he has become accustomed to such anti-Muslim remarks which are “based on fears,” he said. And with people like Trump spreading the rhetoric to such a large base of people, Buttexplained, “the fears are not completely unfounded, for the ill-informed masses.”
“It is a fact that in the past 14 years, the vast majority of ‘non-state’ terrorism has originated from people claiming to be Muslims,” he told DiversityInc. “Hence the hate of ill-informed people is towards the Muslim faith and its followers. At the same time, one would hope that our fellow Americans ought to know the difference between terrorists and mainstream Muslims. We have to do a better job of informing those who don’t know.”
Butt’sexplanation echoes the words of President Barack Obama, who urged Americans not to let the actions of extreme groups such as ISIS smear the reputations of all Muslim Americans. The extremists behind the San Bernardino shooting followed a “perverted interpretation of Islam,” he said, and to let those incidents define American-Islam relations is exactly what ISIS wants to accomplish.
“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want,” the president said on Sunday. “ISIL does not speak for Islam.”
Junaid Butt, another Muslim American and Director of Ecommerce Site Operations with Comcast, also believes Trump “is feeding to people’s fear” and garnering political support “by demonizing minorities.” According to Junaid, Trump, who said in his latest statement he plans to “Make America Great Again,” goes against everything that already makes America stand out from the rest of the world.
“This type of mindset feeds into the ISIS agenda that states ‘there is a war between West and Islam,'” he said. “America cannot fall for this, we can’t undermine our liberties and compromise our values that make us great.”
According to Irfan Butt, Americans have a choice to make: “Are they going to give up the founding principles of this great nation, in favor of fears of the times,” he questioned, “or instead unite and rise up against powers both within and outside, who want to exploit our fears and divide us”