Donald Trump refused to back of of his claim that “Islam hates us,” Thursday’s GOP debate. Asked if his comment meant all 1.6 billion Muslim people around the world, Trump reaffirmed, “I mean a lot of them.”
“There’s tremendous hatred and I will stick with exactly what I said to Anderson Cooper,” Trump added. He has previously called for a total ban on Muslim immigration.
Marco Rubio scolded Trump for the comments, noting that while “a lot of people find appeal in the things Donald says, the problem is presidents can’t just say anything they want. It has consequences here and around the world.” Rubio noted Christian missionaries in Bangladesh have their safety threatened “because the news is coming out that in America leading political figures are saying that America doesn’t like Muslims.”
Trump then noted that the United States too has experienced “a lot of consequences,” such as the September 11, 2001 attacks. “We have a serious problem of hate. There is tremendous hate,” he noted, adding that “women are treated horribly and other things are happening that are very, very bad.”
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