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Trump floats immediate end to Muslim immigration until we ‘can figure out what is going on’

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has gone beyond opposing the entry of Syrian refugees to wanting to stop all Muslims from emigrating into the US, NBC News reported.

Trump’s campaign said in a statement that he 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.”

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The campaign used a study by the conservative Center for Security Policy to argue that “there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.” The group, which is led by former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney, and has claimed that there is a “global jihad movement” underway with the goal of installing “sharia law” around the world.

According to the statement, Gaffney’s organization released a study stating that 25 percent of respondents felt that “violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad.”

“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,” Trump stated. “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.”

The statement does not mention that Gaffney hosted Trump and several other GOP candidates earlier this year for a “Tea Party Patriots” rally opposing the proposed nuclear weapons agreement between the US and Iran.

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Trump stated earlier this year that he would deport any Syrian refugees if elected president. Last month he drew criticism for refusing to dismiss the idea of special “databases” for American Muslims.

Update, 5:52 p.m. EST: A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, Hope Hicks, heavily suggested to The Hill that his proposed immigration ban would also apply to American Muslims currently living outside the US.

“Mr. Trump says, ‘everyone,'” Hicks said via email.

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Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) immediately criticized Trump’s idea in a statement released on Tuesday evening.

“Demagogues throughout our history have attempted to divide us based on race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin. Now, Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims,” the Democratic presidential candidate said. “The United States is a great nation when we stand together. We are a weak nation when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us.”


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Rick Wilson obliterates Dems for letting Lewandowski get away with stonewalling: ‘So bad it makes me cringe’

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Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson dropped the hammer on House Democrats Tuesday for letting Trump minion Corey Lewandowski make a mockery of their oversight powers.

After witnessing a House Judiciary Committee hearing that quickly devolved into a circus with Lewandowski stonewalling and evading questions, Wilson unloaded on Democrats for failing in their basic responsibilities in governmental oversight.

"This is outrageous contempt," Wilson wrote. "It isn't just that this scumbag Lewandowski is slapping the committee with it. This is a test, and the Democrats are going to fail it. They're so bad at this it makes me cringe."

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Israeli exit polls show Netanyahu losing election: reports

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In a surprising turn of events, exit polls in Israel show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu losing the election. The prime minister's voting block failed to reach a 61 seats majority in the Knesset.

According the to the Jerusalem Post, there is no clear winner in the election. However, Axios reports that Netanyahu has failed to secure a victory.

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Trump attacks the homeless for sleeping in ‘our best highways, our best streets’ and vows to ‘do something about it’

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an angry broadside against America's homeless population.

The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports that Trump, during a conversation with reporters, complained that homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings."

The president then said that people who live in these buildings pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige," and then vowed that "we'll be doing something about it."

Trump says homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings" where people pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige." Says he's speaking to tenants who "want to leave the country." He adds: "We'll be doing something about it."

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