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These GOP Presidential Candidates Won’t Condemn Trump’s Plan To Ban Muslims From Entering The U.S.

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Today, Donald Trump advocated a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” The proposal has its roots in the radical fringe of anti-Muslim activists in America. Trump’s campaign made clear it would apply to tourists, refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants — and even Muslim-Americans who are currently abroad.

Several of his competitors for the Republican nomination quickly condemned Trump’s proposal. Even Jeb Bush, who advocated a religious test to ban Syrian refugees who are Muslim, blasted the proposal.

But other candidates reactions were much more muted. Rand Paul’s response to Trump’s comments does not condemn Trump’s proposal or even mention it. Instead, he touted his own plan to keep Muslims out of America.

Ted Cruz clarified that Trump’s proposal was “not mine” but offered no direct criticism of Trump. Like Paul, he countered with his own proposal to block Muslims from entering the country.

Lindsay Graham specifically called on Cruz to denounce Trump’s “xenophobia.”


Graham may not want to hold his breath. Cruz has praised Frank Gaffney, the radical anti-Muslim activist who originated Trump’s plan, as “an incredible voice for strength and principle.”

Ben Carson declined to target Muslims, but responded to Trump’s suggestion by offering his plan to make all visitors “register and be monitored” when they come to the United States.

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum are all scheduled to participate in Gaffney’s “National Security Action Summit” next week in Las Vegas.