As the nation still reels in condemnation from conservative presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” a backlash of even bipartisan condemnation rolls toward him like a Katsushika Hokusai tsunami, and there’s not an American of voting age alive that doesn’t know how unusual agreement across the aisle is these day. However, there are still a handful of diehard fear-mongers and bigots on the right who refuse to condemn Trump’s neo-Nazi stance. In fact, they have a few ideas of their own as to how to enforce, essentially, the same thing.
While many Republican presidential candidates, such as Jeb Bush and Lindsay Graham, were quick to condemn Trump’s rally cry appealing to the ultra-right, fear-filled lunatic fringe, others were much more timid, if not completely silent when it came to denouncing Trump’s statement. Graham urged Ted Cruz to speak out against Trump’s “xenophobia” on Twitter.
Lindsey Graham: “It is time for Ted Cruz to quit hiding in the weeds and speak out against Donald Trump’s xenophobia https://t.co/E9jGVteG1z
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) December 8, 2015
And Jeb’s standing up to condemn Trump’s statement is really something, too, considering he pushed for a religious test aimed at banning Muslim Syrian refugees, isolating them from Christian refugees. If even Jeb Bush, coming from such a position, is willing to condemn Trump’s statement, how far off-base and out of touch are the candidates who say nothing or even offer their own plans for barring refugees from entering the country?
One such candidate is Rand Paul. Not only does Paul not condemn Trump’s “plan,” which even includes barring tourists and Muslim-Americans who happen to currently be abroad, he offers his own plan for barring Muslims from the U.S.
Asked Rand Paul's campaign for a response to Trump's proposal. This is all they had to say: pic.twitter.com/wHRVrHgolg
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) December 7, 2015
Ted Cruz also failed to criticize Trump’s would-be plan, merely stating that Trump’s plan was “not mine.” Then he turned around and, in fact, offered his own.
Here's Ted Cruz's full response in South Carolina to Donald Trump's remarks about Muslims. pic.twitter.com/SJznNoQZP2
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) December 7, 2015
Cruz also lauded Frank Gaffney with praise, who is the über-aggressive anti-Muslim proponent behind Trump’s heinously offensive plan, calling him “an incredible voice for strength and principle.”
Finally, while Ben Carson avoided singling out Muslims specifically, he did respond to Trump’s plan by offering his own, which is to require all “visitors” to “register and be monitored” while on U.S. soil.
Perhaps most assuring to the American people who are repulsed by Trump’s latest statement, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and The Donald, himself, will be attending the National Security Action Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, next week, hosted by none other than the man behind Trump’s curtain, Frank Gaffney.
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