On Monday, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump called for a "complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the U.S. for any reason. It didn't take long for his 2016 opponents to start denouncing that idea:
One of the first to do so was another Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:
On Trump's Muslim ban, @ChrisChristie: "This is kind of thing people say when they have no experience & no idea what they're talking about."
Marco Rubio is convinced President Obama is just making things worse. "People are really scared and worried," the Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate said in a Fox News appearance Sunday night following Obama's Oval Office address on terrorism. He continued: "People are not just scared because of these attacks, but because of a growing sense that we have a president that's completely overwhelmed by them."
Rubio found Obama's suggestion of forming an international coalition to fight ISIS "absurd" and his urge for Americans to "reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently" unfounded and cynical. "Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in American with discrimination against Muslims?" Rubio said. "And the refusal to call this for what it is: a war on radical Islam." Becca Stanek