Mixed reactions after Donald Trump proposes ban on Muslims from United States
New York, NY (KUSI) – 3:30 p.m. – One day after Donald Trump announced a proposal that U.S. borders should be temporarily closed to all Muslims, social media exploded with criticism from not only Democrats, but from many of his Republican counterparts.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the Republican leader of an early presidential primary state, called Trump’s comments "un-American."
“It’s just an embarrassment to the Republican Party,” Haley said during a news conference at the Governor’s Mansion. “It’s absolutely un-American. It’s unconstitutional. It defies everything this country was based on and it’s just wrong.”
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Other Republican leaders who opposed Trump’s statement include House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., former Vice President Dick Cheney and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
"I disagree with Donald Trump’s latest proposal. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together," Sen. Rubio tweeted early Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton launched a social media campaign with a the hashtag, #LoveTrumpsHate in response to Trump’s proposal.
Tell Donald Trump: Hate is not an American value. pic.twitter.com/qlhuKPKwn0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 8, 2015
However, many Trump supporters are backing his proposal, saying it makes sense to pause immigration until a better process is in place.
One user on Twitter said, "Here is the truth whether you like it or not:@realDonaldTrump is only candidate to have the bravery to put out that statement on Muslims."
12/7/2015 – Donald Trump released a statement Monday, calling for a complete shutdown of U.S. borders to all Muslims.
According to his website, a Pew Research study shows "there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."
"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."
This statement comes in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, where 14 people were killed by who investigators believe were ISIS sympathizers.
On Sunday, President Obama asked the country not to "turn against one another" out of fear.
"Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values, or giving in to fear," Obama said. "That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless, and by drawing on every aspect of American power."
ISIL does not speak for Islam. We must reject proposals that claim Muslim Americans should be treated differently. https://t.co/g3VxwSP7Fe
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 8, 2015
Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes reacted to Trump’s call Monday on CNN, calling it "totally contrary to our values as Americans."