The latest round of Donald Trump shenanigans begins with an intriguing case of domain squatting. On a tweeted tip from Slade Sohmer of .Mic, the world discovered how typing JebBush.com into a browser leads somewhere unexpected. Yes, the address leads right to DonaldJTrump.com, which is one of the sneakiest acts we’ve seen from the Trump camp.
With that bit of trolling out of the way (stay tuned), Trump has made it a mission to continue his recent string of anti-Muslim sentiments (including his claims of witnessing celebrations on 9/11). Trump also recently argued with Bill O’Reilly while speaking about Muslim Syrian refugees. That was a conversation O’Reilly started in an attempt to soften Trump’s harsh stance, but Trump resisted all suggestions. A brand new statement on Trump’s website (under his own URL, not Jeb Bush’s address) now announces Trump’s hope to bar Muslims from entering America:
Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. 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. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.”
Well, that’s Trump. He cannot be bargained with, and he cannot be reasoned with, and yet, the internet does not forget Trump’s previous statements.
The Bridge at Georgetown University was quick to point out the flaws in Trump’s cited poll, but Trump cannot be expected to back down. He regularly uses erroneous data from sketchy sources to back up his agendas.
Several of Trump’s fellow candidates have reacted to his statement on Twitter and elsewhere. By and large, they are moving to distance themselves from Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. First up, Jeb Bush (who has not yet tweeted about the domain-forwarding ruckus):
Bernie Sanders called upon Americans to “stand together” and not be weakened by Trump’s “racism and xenophobia.”
Likewise, Marco Rubio disagrees with Trump, whose “offensive and outlandish statements” will only further divide America.
In a series of tweets, Lindsey Graham asked other candidates to join him in condemning Trump’s “absurd” and “bombastic rhetoric.”
Chris Christie (speaking to radio host Michael Medved) denounced Trump’s statements with a “this is the type of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about.” Buzzfeed’s Kyle Blaine transcribed more from Christie’s radio interview.
Ted Cruz feels differently. According to Teddy Schleifer of CNN, Cruz says that Trump’s policy is “not my policy,” but Cruz supports “a three-year moratorium on refugees coming from other countries.”
Hillary Clinton may not have been subtweeting Trump, but the timing works.