Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" in a campaign statement Monday.
— Daniel Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) December 7, 2015
"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 read.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed to The Associated Press that the proposed ban would apply to "everybody," including prospective Muslim immigrants as well as tourists.
Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
In light of recent terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic extremists — a vanishingly small minority of those who identify as Muslim — Trump had previously suggested monitoring U.S. mosques and using a database to track Muslims. Julie Kliegman