Candidates react
December 7, 2015

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:

Democratic longshot Martin O'Malley was quick to label Trump as "fascist."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Trump "downright dangerous."

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) said the billionaire business mogul is "unhinged":

Here's another Republican presidential hopeful, Carly Fiorina, weighing in:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had a less forceful reaction, but still a negative one:

Hillary Clinton called Trump's statement "reprehensible."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Clinton's closest competition for the Democratic nomination, cautioned Americans against "allowing racism and xenophobia to divide us."

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) joined in, calling Trump "entirely unsuited to lead the United States."

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) shared that he found the "outlandish" remarks to be divisive.

Finally, former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) jumped into the fray and called Trump's comments "idiotic."

Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect new reactions from candidates. Julie Kliegman

December 7, 2015

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

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