Donald J. Trump, a leading Republican candidate for president, released a truly incredible press release today that called for "a total and complete shutdown" to all Muslim immigration into the United States. The release was first tweeted by Trump PAC senior advisor Daniel Scavino Jr., which Trump's campaign manager said would apply to "everybody," from tourists to potential immigrants. Trump later released it online.
Trump put his own spin on the announcement, saying that Americans "must be vigilant" against an "extraordinary influx of hatred and danger," presumably from Muslims.
Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
The White House quickly denounced Trump's statement.
We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. pic.twitter.com/rUgsaBF2su— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 7, 2015
So did Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who called Trump "unhinged."
Donald Trump is unhinged. His "policy" proposals are not serious.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
And several other people also seeking the presidency.
The U.S. is a strong nation when we stand together. We are weak when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us. cc: @realDonaldTrump— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 7, 2015
.@Realdonaldtrump has gone from making absurd comments to being downright dangerous with his bombastic rhetoric.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 7, 2015
Every candidate for president needs to do the right thing & condemn @Realdonaldtrump's statement.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 7, 2015
.@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue.— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) December 7, 2015
This may at least mark a useful new phase in Trump's cycle of belligerence, in which his competitors unite to quickly and directly denounce his frightening policy suggestions.
Update, 6:15PM ET: Hillary Clinton echoes the crowd.