Donald Trump is pretty well known for making offensive comments, over the last year he has said things that are racist, ableist, sexist and homophobic. But his recent comments regarding Muslims are some of his worst.
Pretty much everyone who watches the news or uses the internet knows the comments Trump made, but just in case you somehow missed it, here is what was said: “We need a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States while we figure out what the hell is going on. We are out of control.”
These comments have drawn what seems to be almost universal criticism, some of which are the Pentagon, LGBT groups and even other members of the Republican party.
The Pentagon is warning that his Muslim ban “endagers US security”. Peter Cook, who is the Pentagon’s press secretary, had this to say: “Anything that bolsters Isil’s narrative and pits the United States against the Muslim faith is certainly not only contrary to our values but contrary to our national security.”
As previously mentioned, Trump’s comments have drawn criticism from other members of the Republican party, including House Speaker Paul Ryan: “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for. And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said that such a ban would be “completely inconsistent with American values. [And] to show how completely and totally unworkable it would be, King Abdullah of Jordan, a great friend and ally of ours, would presumably not be able to come to the United States. How about President Ghani of Afghanistan, a great friend and ally of ours who would not be able to come to the United States. This suggestion is completely and totally inconsistent with American values.”
Even former US vice-president Dick Cheney has condemned the idea: “Well, I think this whole notion that somehow we need to say no more Muslims and just ban a whole religion goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean, religious freedom’s been a very important part of our history.”
As well as causing absolute chaos to break out within his own party, Trump has also drawn criticism from LGBT groups.
Brandon Lorenz of the Human Rights Campaign spoke to Washington Blade, saying: “Trump’s comments were offensive, disgraceful and fundamentally un-American. Not only that, they’re dangerous and an affront to the values that we as a nation believe in and champion.”
Caroline Dessert, Immigration Equality Executive Director, also chimed in: “Banning groups of people en masse from the U.S. based on their religion would be both morally reprehensible and terrible policy. As we’ve seen from past discriminatory policies — specifically laws aimed at our communities that banned gay people and later people living with HIV from entering the U.S. — the U.S. loses out on talented people, loses its status as a global human rights leader, and gains absolutely nothing in exchange.”