By Maya Rhodan. Donald Trump’s statement that he would ban Muslims from entering the U.S. “disqualifies him from serving as president,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said of the Republican candidate during a press briefing on Tuesday.
“What Mr. Trump said is deeply offensive,” Earnest said. “It’s morally reprehensible. It runs counter to the U.S. Constitution” and threatens national security, he added.
Earnest also slammed Trump’s campaign as a “carnival barker routine” that was rooted “in the dustbin of history.” Earnest said the “question now is about the rest of the Republican party and whether they’re going to be dragged into the dustbin of history with him.” He called on Republicans to condemn a Trump presidency. (Read more from “The White House Just Made a Ridiculous Claim of What Will Happen to Trump with His Muslim Ban” HERE)
Despite Outcry, Muslim Ban Unlikely to Spell Quick Fall for Trump
By Tribune News Service. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. won’t destroy his candidacy; but it would severely threaten the party’s chance at the White House in 2016 if he’s the nominee, GOP strategists and pundits said.
Trump in a statement on Monday called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S. until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” days after a mass shooting in California that authorities say was an act of terrorism by a radicalized Muslim couple.
His plan ignited a firestorm among rival Republicans, Democrats and party chairmen in the three states that will hold the first nomination votes next year. But GOP voters’ antipathy toward Islam and frustration with President Barack Obama, plus competitors’ inability to outmuscle Trump so far, suggest this won’t be the uproar that finally ends his bid and clears the way for a stronger nominee to face Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic standard-bearer.
“Hate Donald Trump all you want, be offended by his proposal all you want, but it is really brilliant politics for Trump right now in the Republican primary and the reactions from the other candidates prove it,” wrote conservative radio host Erick Erickson. Candidates “attacking Trump on his immigration proposals now attacking him on this have done themselves no favors within the primary process” by aligning themselves with Obama on both issues in voters’ eyes.
Trump’s critics have become all too familiar with the pattern: The New York billionaire says something they consider offensive, sexist or racist; prognosticators forecast his downfall; but he stays strong or even rises in GOP polls. The pattern held when Trump trashed migrants from Mexico, attacked Sen. John McCain’s war record and insulted Fox News host Megyn Kelly. (Read more from “Despite Outcry, Muslim Ban Unlikely to Spell Quick Fall for Trump” HERE)