I’m not old, but I’m not young either. When I was born, Richard Nixon was the president and the Vietnam War was still going. Since I was a teenager I’ve watched politics closely, and I’ve never heard a candidate for president say anything as absurd as this.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
That’s the first sentence in a press release from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump published on December 7, 2015. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was on December 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt said it was “a date which will live in infamy.” Trump decided it was also a day to announce that as president, he would implement a bureaucracy to screen everyone entering the United States to prevent any Muslim from entering.
While some are expressing shock that a major candidate of one of the two major political parties would run on a platform of religious tests, this is just a continuation of Trump’s thought process. It was just a couple of weeks ago when Trump said he would create a database as Muslims. The next obvious step after creating a database of Muslims would be to use that database to deny people entry into the country and to harass Muslims currently here – citizen or otherwise.
And it’s worth pointing out that when Trump spoke about his database of Muslims policy position, many serious journalists attacked the reporters for asking the question rather than express shock at Trump’s answers.
Here’s Trump’s complete statement.
DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION
(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015, — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.” – Donald J. Trump