Days after moderate Muslims fatally gunned down 14 innocent unarmed Americans in San Bernardino, Calif., Trump is calling for a total ban on Muslim immigration.
While Trump is uniting patriotic Americans, the media is calling his message "divisive rhetoric."
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called Monday for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States, barring followers of the world’s fastest-growing religion because he considers the faith rooted in hatred and violence.
The proposal — which was quickly denounced by other candidates from both parties — marks the latest escalation of the virulent anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric that has fueled his unlikely candidacy. It also came less than 24 hours after President Obama urged tolerance in an Oval Office address, saying the fight against terrorists should not “be defined as a war between America and Islam.”
But at a rally Monday night in South Carolina, Trump received a boisterous standing ovation as he shared the idea, telling the crowd that a ban is “common sense” and that his Muslim friends agree with him.
“We have no choice,” he said to cheers. “We have no choice. We have no choice.”
Party leaders have worried for months that Trump’s divisive rhetoric could poison their party, even as it has allowed him to maintain a commanding lead over the divided GOP field since summer. Trump has broadly described illegal immigrants as violent criminals, called for the immediate deportation of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and, at a recent rally, seemed to condone an assault on a Black Lives Matter protester.
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