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Trump Defends Proposed Muslim Ban From U.S. As Outrage Mounts

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By Emily Stephenson and Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War Two detainment of Japanese-Americans and others in dismissing growing outrage from around the world.

The White House called on Republicans to say they would not support Trump, currently the party’s front-runner for the November 2016 election. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his comments could undermine U.S. security.

The prime ministers of France and the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and Muslim residents of Asian countries all denounced the real-estate mogul’s comments.

But Trump said his ideas were no worse than those of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who oversaw the internment of more than 110,000 people in U.S. government camps after Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

“What I’m doing is no different than FDR,” Trump said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program.

“We have no choice but to do this,” he said. “We have people that want to blow up our buildings, our cities. We have to figure out what’s going on.”

Trump on Monday called for blocking Muslims, including would-be immigrants, students, tourists and other visitors, from entering the country following last week’s California shooting spree by two Muslims who authorities said were radicalized.

It was the most dramatic response by a presidential candidate following the San Bernardino, California, shooting rampage, even as other Republicans have called for a suspension of President Barack Obama’s plan to allow in some refugees from Syria.

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson said Trump’s proposal could thwart U.S. efforts to connect with the Muslim community, and the Pentagon issued a similar warning. Secretary of State John Kerry said his ideas were not constructive.

A Trump campaign spokeswoman, asked for comment on U.S. officials’ reactions, did not address their criticism.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump’s comments disqualify him from being president and said other Republican candidates should disavow him “right now.”

TRUMP’S STANCE COULD HELP DEMOCRATS

Trump leads the Republican pack seeking the White House in 2016 with 35 percent of support in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. Nearly all Trump’s rivals criticized his proposal on Monday.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told the Washington Examiner that the United States must combat terrorism “but not at the expense of our American values.”

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Trump but said they would support the party’s eventual nominee.

But other Republicans warned that if Trump is the party’s choice for the November 2016 election, his stance could hurt against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“All this helps is his buddy Hillary Clinton for sure,” presidential hopeful Jeb Bush told reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire. “I don’t think Republicans are going to abide this language that guarantees that Hillary Clinton has a far better chance of winning.”

Democrats, meanwhile, blamed Republicans for Trump’s extreme language and warned it could help him with primary voters.

“Unfortunately, Trump is leaning into the kind of fear of progress that very well could help him win the nomination,” Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton, said in a fundraising email declaring her own Muslim faith.

Polls have shown a stark divide between Republicans and Democrats in how they view Muslims, who number about 3 million in the United States, or less than 1 percent of the population.

Some conservative commentators such as pundit Ann Coulter came to Trump’s defense. Columnist Adriana Cohen wrote in the Boston Herald that Trump should go a step further and call for closing the U.S. border entirely.

Trump on Tuesday tweeted a link to a poll showing that 68 percent of his supporters would vote for him if he left the Republican Party and ran as an independent.

His campaign dismissed criticism that his plan would likely be unconstitutional for singling out people based on their religion. Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told MSNBC that the U.S. Constitution does not apply to people outside the United States.

INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE

The reaction from abroad was largely one of outrage. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Twitter, “Mr Trump, like others, is feeding hatred and misinformation.”

A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister David Cameron called Trump’s comments “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” A group started a petition to revoke Trump’s honorary degree from Robert Gordon University in Scotland.

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rejected Trump’s comments, and Muslims in Pakistan and Indonesia also denounced him.

Two international refugee organizations rejected Trump’s comments, saying U.S. presidential campaign rhetoric threatens resettlement efforts.

Trump warned repeatedly that an attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001, could happen again if officials do not act first. He said that he did not know how long a ban would remain in place and that Muslim Americans would be allowed into the country after overseas trips.

Trump told MSNBC that people would be asked about their religion at U.S. borders and that the ban would extend to Muslim leaders of other nations. He said he would not support internment camps.

Some observers poked fun at Trump.

The Democratic mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, Rick Kriseman, said in a tongue-in-cheek tweet that he was barring Trump from visiting the city.

“I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps,” Kriseman wrote.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Emily Stephenson; Additional reporting by David Lawder, Lisa Lambert and Megan Cassella in Washington, Andrew Callus in Paris and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Florida; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker)

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to a supporter at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

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59 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila December 8, 2015

    I can’t say that I am surprised by Voldemort Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the USA. Let’s not forget that this is the same bigot that proposed deporting 11 million undocumented Hispanics-Latinos, ridiculed Sen. McCain’s military service, insulted a female reporter, and proposed creating a database to track American Muslims. Honestly, I don’t know if this narcissistic and immature man is a bigot, or simply a political opportunist willing to say whatever the base of the Republican party, and those consumed by paranoia, want to hear to get their support and votes. What is readily apparent is that the U.S. Constitution, our values, history, traditions, and the need to respect our interlocutors and the values of others mean absolutely nothing to him. The only thing he cares about is himself.

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    1. Otto Greif December 8, 2015

      What’s wrong with deporting illegal aliens?

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      1. Dominick Vila December 9, 2015

        There is something very wrong when a candidate to the presidency, and most of his opponents, endorse changing the Constitution to punish and deport American born citizens because their parents broke our immigration laws. Then again, these are the same people who see nothing wrong in banning members of religions we hate regardless of what the Constitution says about freedom of religion. For a Republican, the Constitution matters when it supports their agenda. Otherwise, it become an irrelevant piece of paper to be ignored.

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        1. joe schmo December 9, 2015

          Not wrong when it is harming the fabric of what America stands for. We used to have a QUOTA. Not fair to other immigrants who come over here the right way. Freedom of religion is fine when the people coming in don’t want to harm us. BIG DIFFERENCE.

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          1. bobnstuff December 9, 2015

            We still have limits. We just have changed what countries you can be from. Also in case you didn’t know the number of illegals in the country is dropping. Conservatives support the constitution until they don’t. The first amendment is good when it defends Christians but they run away from it when other religions are defended. Forth amendment is great unless you are Muslim. They don’t even want to hear about the 13th 14th 15th and 19th amendments. Lets face it Joe you just don’t like people who are not like you. They scare you. You are lucky that when your people came here you weren’t sent packing.

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          2. jmprint December 9, 2015

            What would this nation look like if the Indians, said no way Jose to all intruders.

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          3. Dominick Vila December 9, 2015

            There are three million Muslims in the USA. If I am not mistaken there have been 4 massacres carried out by American Muslims. Compare that record to that of white Americans.
            The real difference between Latinos wishing to emigrate to the USA, and Europeans or Asians who wish to do the same, is that it is almost impossible for semi-skilled Latinos to get an entry visa.
            In any case, since one million Latinos have left the USA voluntarily in recent years, my peeve involves the Republican proposal to change the Constitution to be able to punish and deport the children of illegal immigrants born in the USA.

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          4. Niall Hosking December 10, 2015

            Waaaaa mummy, the naughty American Muslim shot 14 whole people and I’m scared! Some European Muslims killed some Europeans and I wet myself!

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          5. xpatYankeeCurmudgeon December 14, 2015

            Like many Leftoids you secretly crave dhimmitude. We get the pic.

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        2. Otto Greif December 9, 2015

          Like usual, you don’t know what you are talking about.

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          1. jmprint December 9, 2015

            Dominick knows what he is talking about, you are just having issues understanding.

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        3. itsfun December 9, 2015

          For Obama the constitution is something to be ignored.

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          1. Niall Hosking December 10, 2015

            Really, and what exactly has he ignored?

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      2. jmprint December 9, 2015

        There is nothing wrong with deporting immigrants, we do it all day long. What is wrong is hurting US CItizens, whose parents have not been naturalized.

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    2. @HawaiianTater December 9, 2015

      “All this helps is his buddy Hillary Clinton for sure,” presidential
      hopeful Jeb Bush told reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire.

      Haven’t I been telling you for months now that Trump is in this to help Hillary? Now everyone else is starting to figure it out. Everyone else, that is, except his supporters, who see this as nothing more than the RNC treating him unfairly. And Trump will use that to run third party if he doesn’t get the nomination.

      As much as I despise Hillary and support Bernie, I have to give her due credit because this scheme could not possibly be working out any more perfectly.

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      1. Dominick Vila December 9, 2015

        There is no question that the main beneficiaries of Trump’s candidacy are Hillary and Democrats in general. He has caused more damage to the GOP than any Democratic political strategy could have ever done. I wonder how the far right will react when they realize they have been had?

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        1. @HawaiianTater December 9, 2015

          Except, this IS the Democratic political strategy. It’s a Clinton scheme. The strategy is to expose to the world what the base of Republicans are really all about and scare away all the moderates/independents/single women/minorities/etc. that any candidate running for POTUS has to have to win the election. You finally starting to believe me now that this is a long con? LOL

          As long as Trump never admits it publicly, I don’t think the far right base will ever actually figure out that they have been had. We’re talking about the dumbest people in America here. The GOP establishment figuring it out won’t do them much good because Trump’s supporters will never believe them. Even if Trump doesn’t get the nom and doesn’t run third party, he’s already done so much damage to the GOP that the POTUS election is a virtual lock for the Dems. Taking back the Senate is a high probability too.

          The key to all of this is not that Trump’s positions are crazy by Republican standards. That’s what makes all of this so brilliant. Everything he is saying and doing is exactly what the GOP is all about. He’s simply being honest about who they are. What terrifies them is that he is saying openly the things they say in private. They know if they were ever completely honest with the voting public, they would never get near the WH ever again.

          In related news… have you seen this? http://www.vox.com/2015/12/8/9866726/ted-cruz-electability

          “Ted Cruz is even less electable than Donald Trump”

          LOL! In the GOP’s panic over Donald Trump, they haven’t been paying enough attention to the guy who is rising in the polls that might be an even bigger disaster for them next year.

          Here’s a pic I made in honor of Ted’s rise in the polls. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbddc7f62f6d761d441d73a90e6d9a04ec28e9a81d3de7bd9b958c011a72df3f.jpg

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      2. I of John December 9, 2015

        Shhh…pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Let the wonderful wizard of odd perform his magnificent feat of stratosperic skill. Let everyone be beguiled by his bizarre and twisted tomfoolery! And when they finally look up to pick someone a little more rational, it will be too late.

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        1. @HawaiianTater December 9, 2015

          Their “more rational” pick who is rising in the polls might be an even bigger disaster than Trump getting the nom. http://www.vox.com/2015/12/8/9866726/ted-cruz-electability

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          1. I of John December 9, 2015

            You are spot on. The scarier choices are the ones that hide their nastiness the best. JEB, like the rest of his clan, hides behind a veneer of “compassion” which is one big lie. The GOP used to employ such subterfuge with little catch phrases (they were always great at catch phrases) like Welfare Queens, Boot Straps n such. The less obvious are the most dangerous.

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          2. joe schmo December 9, 2015

            …and the liberals are clean as the driven snow…. LOL Yah, right! Shillary next to Obama is the corruptest of all.

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          3. I of John December 9, 2015

            righhhht

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          4. @HawaiianTater December 9, 2015

            That’s why Trump’s service to the Democrats is so valuable. He’s exposing the lies by being honest about who they are.

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          5. Dominick Vila December 9, 2015

            …or Cruz!

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          6. jmprint December 9, 2015

            Now he scares me, because of his cult like religion.

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    3. itsfun December 9, 2015

      Lets go back to 1980 when Jimmy Carter banned all Iranians from entering America and tossed out of America 15000 Iranian students. He had a democrat controlled congress. Does that make him a bigot and racist. What about the values of history, traditions and need to respect our interlocutors and the values of others? Must be Carter and the congress only cared about theirselves.

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      1. Dominick Vila December 9, 2015

        Good. Let’s go back to 1980 and the decision made by President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis. He did deport Iranian students, and ended the issuance of visas to Iranians, except under very special circumstances. Do you know what the difference is between what he did and what The Donald is proposing? Carter reacted to an international crisis, involving Americans being held hostage, by punishing IRANIANS – a nationality. Trump is proposing banning the entry of MUSLIM, members of a religion. While I believe that Carter, and FDR, over reacted, their decisions did not violate the U.S. Constitution. Trump’s proposal does.

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        1. itsfun December 9, 2015

          Carter reacted to an international crisis involving Americans being held hostage. Trump is reacting to a crisis of Americans being murdered, and the French being killed. That would also be an international crisis. Trump is not telling any Americans they cannot practice their religion. He is telling foreigners that have no constitutional rights that.

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          1. Niall Hosking December 10, 2015

            Americans being murdered by Americans. Go deport yourselves, you illegal immigrants!

            And no, we don’t want you back either…

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  2. Otto Greif December 8, 2015

    Liberals think it’s wrong to ban Moslems from America but its right to ban guns from Americans.

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    1. bobnstuff December 9, 2015

      The right thinks registering people is OK but not guns. I was wondering just who is trying to ban all guns? Give me the name of anyone who has said the want to ban all guns. It’s OK for terrorists to buy guns that can kill 20 people per minute. It’s their right. They don’t even have to go through a back ground check as long as the go to a gun show to buy them. An other question for you How many of the mass shootings in the US were done by outsiders and just how many were done by Muslims. My guess is you don’t know.

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    2. latebloomingrandma December 9, 2015

      Well, for one thing, Muslims are human beings and guns are not.

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    3. jmprint December 9, 2015

      Yes Otto, now go hide your guns, because somebody out there is ready to take them.

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    4. Niall Hosking December 10, 2015

      Don’t worry, nobody wants to take your toy guns, only real ones…

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  3. We who are American does not agree with Donald Trump’s hate speech at all. We are a Nation of different people, and different belief, this make us strengthen and great. We are American! Does you agree? I can says more…

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    1. joe schmo December 8, 2015

      We are a nation of different people. People who WANT to be American. However, I draw the line in the sand when new people coming into this country want to change her culturally. Many ILLEGALS (my parents immigrated legally) and Muslims do not and have not assimilated. When I see what is happening in Europe, I don’t want that mess here.

      Family in Europe states:
      Women volunteers handing out food to migrants must be accompanied by a man. Migrants will not take food from infidel women. It is seen as ‘unclean.’
      Women must accompany men in public for fear of being raped.
      Migrant Muslims do not want to learn from infidel Professors or instructors so they are asked to retire early.
      Pepper spray is sold out but how can you compare that to an AK-47 purchased illegally.
      If Corbyn gets into office, the English military is already talking Coup.
      Citizens are kicked out of apartments to let migrants have them.
      Any building once available to Europeans is now going to Muslim Migrants.
      They are in constant danger of terrorism.

      In my opinion, this is not a way to live life. That is in fear. This does not come from the media. It comes from people living in EU. They are losing their existence. Just wait until they start hitting the gays. You people fought so hard for women’s and gay’s rights, I think it is time for you to rethink the Muslim’s coming in….

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      1. yabbed December 9, 2015

        You know, that has been said about every wave of immigrants coming into the country from the Chinese to the Italians to the Irish to the Polish and the Puerto Ricans and Cubans and Mexicans. No one liked the funny names, there was blabber that we would become a Catholic country under the rule of the Pope, that whatever the language de jour, be it Italian or Chinese or Spanish, would result in a tower of babel. We done all this before and nothing catastrophic happened. The Jews were unwanted. Your post reminds me of the screed against Jews. We never want any strangers in this country. But we are better off as a nation for them being part of us.

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        1. joe schmo December 9, 2015

          Big difference, the Chinese were not violent and the Polish, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and some Mexicans who are legalized are Christian’s and, again, not violent. The Jews were also peaceable. Can’t say that about all Muslim’s. Until we know they will not do this country harm why should we take a chance? If I had children, I wouldn’t take that chance. For now. No way! Sorry!

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          1. bobnstuff December 9, 2015

            Joe I guess you have never heard about the Mafia or Triad. Do you remember the movie West Side Story, Puerto Ricans
            gangs. How about the Irish IRA and how about the money grubbing Jews that live like dogs. If you want be scared of something be scare of deer, they kill 100 times more people then Terrorists in our country.

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          2. jmprint December 9, 2015

            Thank God you have no children. Blessing in disguise.

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      2. BillP December 9, 2015

        Thanks for the morning laugh Schmuck. Have to like the hyperbole of “I draw the line in the sand when new people coming into this country want to change her culturally” Keep it up I like to laugh in the morning and your inane rants are some of the best

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        1. Joan December 9, 2015

          To pretend that somehow all Muslims pose a risk to this country is ridiculous. We are not at war with Muslims or Islam. We are at war with religious extremist, many of which, but not all, misrepresent the Islamic faith.
          If we are to be successful in this endeavor we will need Muslims as our allies. It may be news to Joe, Trump and others but Islam is the third most popular religion on this planet.
          It is beyond stupid to alienate the very people we need.

          FDR was wrong, which most people who know anything about history will admit. Trump is even worst.

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      3. Dominick Vila December 9, 2015

        Steve Jobs was the son of Syrian immigrants. Are you saying he did not assimilate? The overwhelming majority of children of illegal immigrants have assimilate, and are successful citizens. Take your blinders off and try to be objective.

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  4. joe schmo December 8, 2015

    On who’s end? Certainly not on the conservative end. In case you haven’t noticed….the person controlling the airwaves at the moment is not Hitlery or Bernawitz it’s Trump. You cannot deny that:)

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    1. jmprint December 9, 2015

      And the more air waves he gets, the more people will wonder why he has followers?

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  5. Joe schmo: I understand your point-of-view on this subject. I see them as “Islam” not “muslim.” All Islam is not bad, and all of them does not carry out jihad. We have a policy for Islam, or muslim people who can to this country to live, or visit. We need to enforce the law or rule is carried out and not broken explain the policy to them. If they break the law they will go to jail. You should not let hate cloudy your judgment, or good sense. You need to read my book title “Race of Mankind.” I can says more… In Jesus name we pray!

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    1. joe schmo December 9, 2015

      Reverend, I am not clouding my judgement. I am standing up for MY country and I want to SAVE it! If the Muslim race was peaceful and if there was no terrorism connected to it, I wouldn’t have any problem with a certain amount coming into this country. In case you haven’t noticed, wars always occur because of differences in religion. Not race:)

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      1. Dominick Vila December 9, 2015

        The Korean war, Vietnam war, the invasion of Grenada, and other such travesties did not happen because of religion. Political ideology, fear, greed, and geo-political considerations had more to do with those interventions than religious considerations. I agree with you, however, that religion has been an important reason for many of the tragedies carried out in history.

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  6. bcarreiro December 9, 2015

    What has he done for this country? GOOD PRESIDENTS shouldn’t have to die, too. Your ignorance will not be what MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM represent fighting for this country.

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  7. yabbed December 9, 2015

    Someone should tell Trump that redneck bigots in the south do not have the electoral votes to elect a President. And someone should remind him that redneck bigots are not who support his resorts and golf courses, nor do they buy the expensive condos in buildings he sells the use of his name to. I understand there is a movement in Toronto where there is a hotel and condominium building that Trump sold the use of his name to that is being petitioned to remove Trump’s name from the building. Saks no longer carries the line of clothing bearing his name (which, by the way, is made not in the USA but in China and Mexico). Trump has put his entire business operation in jeopardy with this ugly fascism he has adopted.

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    1. joe schmo December 9, 2015

      I sat down one day and counted the states he needed to succeed in and I calculated that it was highly probable that he could take this thing all the way to the WH. BTW it won’t take all the so called ‘redneck’ votes to do it:) Sorry, it’s gonna be tight but we can do it…..specifically since CaliMexico and New Yuck have SO many electoral votes. Ridiculous!

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      1. jmprint December 9, 2015

        But joe you can only count to 20 and that’s if you don’t have any missing limbs.

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  8. joe schmo December 9, 2015

    Give us a break! Won’t change anything……

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    1. jmprint December 9, 2015

      Of course it won’t change anything, stupid can’t be changed.

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  9. itsfun December 9, 2015

    He only wants to do what Jimmy Carter did in 1980. The Democrats supported that. Does that make Jimmy Carter and the Democrats bigots and racists?

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  10. oldtack December 9, 2015

    I am not a Trump supporter but I do agree with him on immigration. Is this his idea? No, he is trying to focus on enforcement of the McClarran/Walter Act of 1952 known as Public Law 414 and more specifically Chapter 2 Section 212 of this Law.governing immigration of those from countries in conflict with our Nation or those that have radical ideology that threatens harm to American citizens. This is an old Law well worth reading although it has been amended many times by bleeding heart pinheads that pose as our Leaders.. In this precarious time it should once more be amneded to reflect it original intent and strictly enforced.

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    1. jmprint December 9, 2015

      And should we go back to 1952 and send all Koreans and Cubans back, those countries were our enemy at that time. Oldtack you may not support Trump, but you are a bigoted republican. What do you propose we do with our Radicalized American Citizens?

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      1. oldtack December 9, 2015

        You are quick to jump to conclusions aren’t you. “Bigoted
        Republican”? Really? That is news to me.since in my 55 years of voting I have yet to even consider a Republican. A Democrat, a Libertarian, an independent – maybe but not a sleaze ball.

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  11. Joe schmo, I agree with Dominick on this subject. Once again, I understand your point-of-view on this subject. I did not says that you cannot stand up for your country and want to save it. I agree with on that point. You do not put a group of bad Islam with good Islam peoples. True Islam are those who does not carry out jihad. Does you agree? I can says more… In Jesus name we pray!

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