American business magnate and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sparked outrage after his comments on Monday night. Trump called for Muslims to be banned from entering the US whilst the current terrorism debacle is ongoing.
His words were: “They should be banned until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” He also stated that his words apply to immigrants and tourists, but not Muslim residents of the USA who already live in the nation. It comes after the San Bernardino massacre, in which an allegedly radicalised Muslim couple opened fire and killed 14 people at a health centre. Condemnation and outrage have been the two main responses, however in San Bernardino itself there has been a mixed response.
The billionaire, with a net worth of $4bn according to Forbes, has been given heavy criticism by other leaders and many of the public in the UK too. David Cameron did not tolerate the comments, labelling them divisive, unhelpful and simply wrong. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was also strongly against the comments and tweeted that it was an attack on democratic values and that it was against anti-extremism laws. He also tweeted: “Let’s unite against racism.”
An online petition has been established in an attempt to try and ban Trump from the United Kingdom for his comments.
Members of the British public spoke their mind; Mr McDonagh, a Technology teacher stated that Donald Trump is deluded and thinks he’s in the 1950s.
Ms Wright, a school PE teacher and pastoral leader, said: “Trump has been really, really racist on this occasion. He has been homophobic and sexist in the past. Hopefully he will be sanctioned for his comments because you can’t just label a group of people completely.”
It is assumed that Trump’s intentions are for this to be as a security measure, however it’s clear that this is a solution that Americans and people across the globe will not accept or find viable.
Ryan – Politics Editor