Trump, currently considered the front-runner for the Republican nomination, released a statement Monday calling for a
“shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,”
Trump added in his statement:
“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.”
Donald Trump’s statement “disqualifies” him from being president, the White House spokesman said Tuesday.
“The fact is what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president,”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in Tuesday’s press briefing.
For a White House administration to so heavily weigh in on an opposing party’s nominating contest is a highly unusual step.
Earnest noted first that every president must take an oath to
“preserve, protect and defend”
the U.S. Constitution, and thus, he said, Trump would not qualify.
Mayors look to ‘ban’ Trump from their cities
Earnest cited the election of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who a reporter said once joked he was like white supremacist David Duke
“without the baggage,”
and a leaked Republican Senate campaign memo instructing candidates how to ride voters’ support for Trump.
He also noted that House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday said he would vote for Trump if he were the GOP nominee
You may remember that a year ago, Jeb Bush was musing on the Republican primary when he said that a winning GOP candidate would have
“to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to… lose the primary to win the general [election] without violating your principles.”
the candidates are facing that paradox, in a profound test of their principles. And they’re failing.
The proximate cause is Donald Trump, who has moved from being a comical if repellent figure to being truly ghastly and sinister.
As Trump has taken his xenophobia and outright hate-mongering to ever-increasing heights, the most stinging rebuke most of his opponents can offer in response is,
“Well, I wouldn’t go that far.”
And how have Trump’s opponents reacted to the river of hate that gushes forth every time he steps up to a microphone?
With the utmost care.
“I disagree with that proposal,”
Ted Cruz said about excluding Muslims from the United States.
“Donald Trump is unhinged. His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious,”
said Jeb Bush.
“I disagree with Donald Trump’s latest proposal,”
said Marco Rubio.
“His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together.”
Chris Christie said that the remarks showed that Trump didn’t have enough experience to deal with terrorism.
“Unfortunately I think Donald Trump’s over reaction is as dangerous as Obama’s under reaction,”
said Carly Fiorina.
John Kasich called it
mustering the strongest condemnation.
Biden sees a Trump presidency as extremely unlikely, however.
He says that most of Trump’s support is built on people
“who are really frightened and scared”
and therefore he won’t be able to sustain his momentum.
“I don’t know what his motive is, but I know what he’s preaching is a very, very dangerous brew for America,”
Biden said when asked by Bloomberg Politics about Trump’s call to keep Muslims from entering the U.S.
The vice president was also skeptical of Trump’s other immigration plans.
“I believe he’s smart enough to know half of what he’s saying makes no sense,”
“Build a wall? He’s got to build a wall that’s the best wall and the highest wall?”
“A lot of this is showmanship,”