Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates aren’t wasting any time slamming Donald Trump, after he called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Democrats lit up their Twitter accounts. Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley:
.@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue.
— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) December 7, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT):
The U.S. is a strong nation when we stand together. We are weak when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us. cc: @realDonaldTrump
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 7, 2015
Republican candidates also blasted the GOP frontrunner. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush:
Donald Trump is unhinged. His “policy” proposals are not serious.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida:
I disagree with Donald Trump’s latest proposal. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 8, 2015
Carly Fiorina said: “You know, unfortunately I think Donald Trump’s overreaction is as dangerous as President Obama’s under reactions. President Obama isn’t prepared to do anything, which is clearly foolish, but Donald Trump always plays on everyone’s worst instincts and fears. And saying we’re not going to let a single Muslim into this country is a dangerous overreaction.”
Dr. Ben Carson said: “Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay as is done in many countries. I do not and would not advocate being selective on one’s religion.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, “this is the kind of thing people say when they have no experience and no idea what they’re talking about.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to Trump’s statement by telling reporters: “That is not my policy. I have introduced legislation in the Senate that would put in place a three year moratorium on refugees coming from countries where ISIS or Al Qaeda control a substantial amount of territory.”