Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says Muslims should be banned from entering the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday (December 7) called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week's shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said were radicalized. Trump's "statement on preventing Muslim immigration" drew fierce criticism from some of his rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, all of whom have been searching for ways to knock him out of the lead. Trump went farther than other Republican candidates, who have called for a suspension of a plan by President Barack Obama to bring into the United States as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their country's civil war and Islamic State militants. Twitter exploded over Trump's proposal with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton calling his idea "reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive," but conservative pundit Ann Coulter writing, "GO TRUMP, GO!" Obama on Sunday night in an Oval Office address had called on Americans to be tolerant of fellow citizens regardless of their religion. Trump's aim is to bolster his position among conservative voters who have kept him atop opinion polls of Republican voters for months, to the point that establishment Republicans fret he could win the nomination and do so poorly in the general election next November that Republicans could not only lose the White House but also control of Congress. Whether Trump will pay a price for the move is unclear. He has shown a proclivity toward insulting people with no penalty, from saying a storied Vietnam veteran, Senator John McCain, is not a hero to blasting Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. To support his proposal, Trump pointed to data from the conservative think tank Center for Security Policy indicating that a quarter of Muslims in a poll thought violence against Americans was justified. The center's president, Frank Gaffney Jr., has been critical of Muslims in America, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group, calls him "one of America's most notorious Islamaphobes." Trump's statement followed the massacre last week of 14 people in San Bernardino, slain in a hail of bullets by a Muslim couple that the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday had been radicalized.