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Trump cites Roosevelt’s internment of Japanese, rejects critics of proposal to ban Muslims

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    An overflow crowed filled the hangar deck of the USS Yorktown as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, spoke during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on Monday.

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. » Donald Trump today stood by his call to block all Muslims from entering the United States, even as the idea was widely condemned by rival Republican presidential candidates, party leaders and others as un-American.

“I don’t care about them,” Trump told CNN when asked about denunciation of the idea by GOP leaders. “I’m doing what’s right.”

He defended his plan for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” by comparing it with President Franklin Roosevelt’s decision to intern Japanese Americans during World War II.

“This is a president who was highly respected by all,” Trump said today. “If you look at what he was doing, it was far worse.”

Trump’s call Monday for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” has drawn an unusually forceful level of rebuke and condemnation from across the party and abroad.

British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed it as “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” Muslims in the United States and around the world denounced it as unconstitutional or offensive. The front page of the Philadelphia Daily News featured a photo of Trump holding his right hand out as if in a Nazi salute with the headline “The New Furor.”

“This is not conservatism,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a closed-door GOP caucus meeting in response to Trump’s comments. “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.”

But Trump, who appears to revel in controversy, didn’t back down, saying that banning all Muslims “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on” is warranted after last month’s attacks by Muslim extremists in Paris and last week’s shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14.

“We are now at war,” Trump said, adding: “We have a president who doesn’t want to say that.”

At the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest lambasted Trump as a “carnival barker” and called on his rivals to denounce their fellow candidate.

“What he said is disqualifying,” Earnest said. “Any Republican who’s too fearful of the Republican base to admit it has no business serving as president, either.”

Trump’s proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting all adherents of a religion practiced by more than a billion people worldwide.

Trump announced his plan to cheers and applause at a Monday evening rally in South Carolina.

“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,” Trump said in a written statement explaining his position.

At the rally he referred to the 9/11 attacks, warning that without drastic action, “it’s going to get worse and worse, you’re going to have more World Trade Centers.”

Rod Weader, a 68-year-old real estate agent from North Charleston who attended the rally and said he agreed with Trump’s plan “150 percent.”

“As he says, we have to find out who they are and why they are here,” he said.

Since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more, a number of Republican presidential contenders have proposed restrictions on Syrian refugees — with several suggesting preference for Christians seeking asylum — and tighter surveillance in the U.S.

But Trump’s proposed ban goes much further, and his Republican rivals were quick to reject the latest provocation from a candidate who has delivered no shortage of them. “Donald Trump is unhinged,” Jeb Bush said via Twitter. “His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious.”

John Kasich slammed Trump’s “outrageous divisiveness,” while a more measured Ted Cruz, who has always been cautious about upsetting Trump’s supporters, said, “Well, that is not my policy.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham went further, warning that Trump’s rhetoric risked inflaming tensions in the Middle East, echoing concerns that it plays right into the recruiting strategy of Islamic State militants, who have framed their battle as a war between Islam and the West.

“He’s putting our soldiers and diplomats at risk, he’s empowering the enemy,” said Graham, another GOP presidential contender, in an interview with CNN. Trump, he said, is making new enemies of people “who came to our side in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are under siege in their own countries.”

“It basically becomes a death sentence for them,” he added, describing Trump as “ISIL man of the year.”

Trump’s plan also drew criticism from the heads of the Republican Party in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first three states to vote in next year’s presidential primaries.

“It is un-Republican. It is unconstitutional. And it is un-American,” said Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the Republican Party of New Hampshire.

(Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said in a written statement, “When Donald Trump proposed to block all Muslims from entering the United States, he referred to Roosevelt’s classification of thousands of Japanese, Germans, and Italians during the war as ‘enemy aliens’ as precedent. This shameful page of our history led to the internment of thousands of Japanese American families. In 1988, President Reagan offered a formal apology for this disgrace. We should remember this chapter in history in order to never repeat the same injustice.”)

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Trump’s proposed ban would apply to “everybody,” including Muslims seeking immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the country.

In an interview on Fox News, Trump said Muslim members of the U.S. armed forces would “come home” and that his plan would “not apply to people living in the country.”

In the late 1800s, Congress passed legislation broadly aimed at halting Chinese immigration. But, said Leti Volpp, a University of California expert on immigration law, “there is no precedent for a religious litmus test for admitting immigrants into the United States.”

“Excluding almost a quarter of the world’s population from setting foot in the United States based solely upon their religious identity would never pass constitutional muster,” Volpp said.

Trump’s proposal came a day after President Barack Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office about the shootings in San Bernardino, California, which Obama said was “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.”

The FBI said Monday the Muslim couple who carried out the massacre had been radicalized and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one case within days of the attack last week that killed 14 people.

Trump’s campaign has been marked by a pattern of inflammatory statements, dating back to his harsh rhetoric about Mexican immigrants. He has taken a particularly hard line against Muslims in the days since the Paris attacks, advocating enhanced surveillance of mosques due to fears over radicalization.

“Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “He and others are playing into the hands of ISIS. This is exactly what ISIS wants from Americans: to turn against each other.”

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser staff contributed to this report.

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    • Republican Party continues to decline. Half the Party is made up on non-college graduates. It is a very different Party from what it once was.

      That said, all other candidates should stop playing games with their rabid and dangerous base of voters and clearly say they would not support the Republican Party if led by Trump. None has said that.

      • Many believe the Republican Party is now growing rapidly. So if half of Republicans are non college grads, is it becoming the Party of the People? The Democratic Party is also very different from what it once was. Probably more rich and isolated academics than anything else. Can you imagine Johnson supporting Obama? Whatever, it’s terrifically difficult for a good leader to emerge from either party now. The worst leader choices appear to be leading in both parties. Trump is a baffoon and Hilary is a liar beyond all proportions. She single-handedly created the ISIS headquarters in Libya by creating the vacuum for them. Then she blames Bush for destablizing Iraq? Actually both Clinton and Trump are baffoons whose only skills are playing to audiences of dopes.

      • “Half the Party is made up on non-college graduates.”

        So you’re saying most of the blacks, hispanics and people on welfare that vote Democrat have college degrees?

  • How do you “ban a Muslim?” A Muslim coming from somewhere like Europe or Asia could wear Western clothing, say he/she is a Christian or Buddhist, have all of the necessary IDs, etc. Would everyone then be required to prove their faith and have it documented on all of their IDs? All a bunch of hot air from Trump meant to rile his base up.

    • How do you ban a Muslim? We can start by not taking refugees from any Muslim country. We can also ban non-refugees with passports from any country in which Islam is the majority religion if they cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are not Muslims. The burden of proof is on them. We can also start profiling people arriving with passports from non-Muslim countries. It will impossible to get them all but we must stop the tsunami wave of Muslims now reaching the US if our nation is to survive. .

      • Stop the tsunami wave of Muslims now reaching the US if our nation is to survive? You act like allowing a few thousand Muslims into this country will result in an apocalypse. I see you’ve been drinking the same drink as Trump. I bet you’re the type of person who would drive across the country instead of fly solely because you’re afraid of a plane crash. Perspective is really lost on people like yourself.

        • Get a handle on foreign policy first and stop manipulating and interfering in the Middle east for some period of time and THEN re-evaluate how attitudes are WRT to the Muslim population towards US foreign policy BEFORE you open the floodgates on immigration from the region.

        • Trump is clownish TV figure. He is using free media coverage so he does not have to use his own money. He is not a serious candidate. He is toying with an ignorant base of Republicans who the rich love to manipulate.

  • The Middle East has been in “tension” since at least the 10th Century when the Pope wrote he wanted Jerusalem taken back from the Franks who took it from the Muslims and Saladin made up Jihad to unite the same other Muslims he, Saladin, had previously been killing and looting for treasure. So nothing is being inflamed. Anyway, everyone else modifies what Trump expresses and then comes out with their own vanilla version of it a little later, since Trump is expressing anyway what a lot of the public is feeling about things.

    • oops. the franks took it from the muslims. the muslims took it back from the franks (crusaders) led by saladin, who invented jihad. then king richard and saladin went round and round with richard calling off taking jerusalem back and saladin lost influence over the muslim world because he prohibited looting.

      • Yeah, “Oops!”. Precisely. That says it all. In the interval between posts, while you were suddenly realizing “Oops!”, Trump would’ve already launched the ICBMs if he were president. He rushes blindly ahead — and he never admits “Oops!”

        • No Republican candidate has wasted hours on pointless twitter fights getting extremely upset. And, Gorilla, want to give someone who get massively upset when celebrities mock him on twitter the nuclear codes?

      • You left out part of the history. Jerusalem was Jewish for thousands of years before (after a period of Christian influence) the Muslims invaded it and took it.

    • What’s really scary is that 43 killings from Islamic extremists in America since 9/11 just might get him elected to office. Never mind the over 200,000 other homicides from that same time period. Are Americans really so incapable of putting things in perspective?

        • HAHAHHAAHA. No. The less educated you are, the weaker your strategic critical threat assessment skills often are. Hence why 92 people dying daily from firearms is less of a threat to them than rare terrorist attacks.

        • Not sure I agree with choyd.

          “Action is eloquence and the eyes of the ignorant more learned than the ears” (Shakespeare)

        • well said. Obama tends to lie and hide behind political correctness .And has put this country at risk. he seem more concern about the muslims then americans. trump made a good point it just going to get worst and worst . i’m not fond of him but he tell it like it is

        • So I guess you believe Obama is a Muslim and wasn’t born in this country too right? Funny how people like you never like to argue about hard numbers or facts but hide behind such vague statements regurgitated over and over.

        • Morimoto, I believe President Obama is an American and was born in Kapiolani Hospital. A few of his failed policies are Obamacare, Leader of the Free World, resolving the problems between races (particular Black and White), resolving the illegal immigration problem, resolving the economic problems started by the Frank/Dodd legislation signed by President Bush, the premature pull out of the military out of Iraq, reduction of the American military, the killing of NASA, the elimination of Charter Schools in D.C., and many others. If you want more let me know and I’ll post more.

        • Premature pullout in Iraq? Never shoulda been there in the first place. You seriously think Trump would be any LESS capricious than Dubya was? That’s the last quality we need in a President.

          We’d all be a lot better off if “premature pullout” is what Papa Trump had done 69 years ago.

        • Kuroiwaj, so having more people with medical insurance, especially the less fortunate, is a “failure”? So that implies you think things were better before Obamacare. Leader of the free world? What kind of failure is that? Last I checked the US was by far the most powerful and influential country in the world. I guess if everything isn’t perfect it’s Obama’s fault right? As long as there are problems in this country it’s because he “failed”. I bet Bush gets a free pass for invading Iraq in the first place. I don’t want anymore examples because the ones you’ve given are just regurgitated rhetoric.

        • HanabataDays, remember, all the Democrats voted for the U.S. to invade Iraq. And, Bush does not get a free pass for attacking Iraq. Our son was in one of the lead units and responsible for the Anbar Province. That’s the troops President Obama pulled out. And, Morimoto, how many of citizens that couldn’t get healthcare signed up the first time and how many have currently signed up and ‘paid’ their premiums, even with the subsidies? And, the examples are historical proof of an administrative failure of the Obama administration.

      • Americans were bamboozled into voting for Obama. That proves there is no limit to how wrong the voters can be. Trump would make a horrible President! Obama has already made a horrible President.

  • Muslims in the United States and around the world denounced Trump’s plan as unconstitutional or offensive. The Constitution of the US applies to citizens and legal residents. People from other countries who want to enter the US have no rights under the Constitution. Offensive? So what?

    • You don’t understand the Constitution. In rejecting the argument that the “equal” protections of the 14th Amendment are limited to U.S. citizens, the Supreme Court has referred to language used by the Congressional Committee that drafted the amendment:

      “The last two clauses of the first section of the amendment disable a State from depriving not merely a citizen of the United States, but any person, whoever he may be, of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or from denying to him the equal protection of the laws of the State. This abolishes all class legislation in the States and does away with the injustice of subjecting one caste of persons to a code not applicable to another. . . . It [the 14th Amendment] will, if adopted by the States, forever disable every one of them from passing laws trenching upon those fundamental rights and privileges which pertain to citizens of the United States, and to all persons who may happen to be within their jurisdiction.”

      • Excepting international treaties and agreements, which can be cancelled, the protections of the constitution do not generally apply to people who are not in the country, and not residents or citizens, which would include potential immigrants.

    • Ronin006, Yes, agree with your post. We, and Trump, are talking about protecting Americans. And, the U.S. Constitution protects all Americans and not citizens of another Country. The challenge we have is the VISA Waiver program which allows citizens from certain Countries to enter the United States without a Visa. This is the program the Congress and President must evaluate and make a decision. It’s wild out there, and we don’t want a huge bomb or water system contaminated in the United States.

      • You, too, are wrong about the protections guaranteed by the Constitution; with the exception of specifically named rights, like voting, those rights are guaranteed to “persons,” not just to citizens. The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment due process and equal protection guarantees extend to all “persons.” The rights attaching to criminal trials, including the right to a public trial, a trial by jury, the assistance of a lawyer, and the right to confront adverse witnesses, all apply to “the accused” and are not limited to accused who are also citizens. And both the First Amendment’s protections of political and religious freedoms and the Fourth Amendment’s protection of privacy and liberty apply to “the people.”

        • You make the mistake that you think that Republicans consider the COTUS as anything more than toilet paper. Both Ronin and kuroiwaj make it clear they have nothing but contempt for the highest law in the land.

  • The Donald is only saying what all the other republican candidates are thinking. It is a shame that republicans no longer believe in their own values. Where is Eisenhower when you need him? Sadly republicans today would never pick an Eisenhower.

    • Peter, following the 2016 presidential politics is the reaction of the voting public and reading the backroom questions and results on the major polls, many Americans, (Democrat, Independent, and Republican) are looking at Trump, Cruz, Carson, and Rubio. And, the reasons are interesting for a majority want a strong leader with conservative core values, because President Obama dropped the ball the voters gave him. Majority want the policies by President Obama reversed as the results of the liberal experiment has failed.

    • It worst then that The donald is saying what most american think and feel. they just been to scared to say it because of the political correctness . there tired of american going down

      • Trump is not saying what “most Americans think and feel.” Most Americans are horrified by Trump’s demagoguery. Republicans comprise roughly 40% of registered voters. Currently, Trump is favored by 30% of Republicans. If you do the math, it means that Trump is supported by 12% of voters. It is nevertheless alarming that those 12% would enthusiastically shred the Constitution and violate the Geneva Convention in support of Trump’s vile and racist policies.

        • I find his solutions to problems very interesting. They are not part of the play book the entrenched political class seems to play by whether republican or democrat. Refreshingly he does not abide by PC language and solutions. For example, his statement of not letting Moslems into the U.S. is a very different approach than anyone else suggested. He doesn’t mince words when it comes to proposing solutions to problems no matter who’s feelings it might hurt. I believe that is part of the attraction. He doesn’t filter out options because they might not be PC. Anyway, he is interesting to watch. He has both dems and repubs fighting against him, but keeps rising in the polls. Seems like the more they hammer him the higher he rises. He is certainly disruptive to the main stream crowd.

        • i know a lot of folks who are not Republican that find trump honesty something long over due . he said stop all muslims from coming to this country until this country figures what going on and how to deal with it. lot of folks from all walks of life agree with that. i’m no fan of trump i think he a loose cannon but i can not argue with facts. keep in mind lot of folks believe if hillary wins it another 4 years of obama . obama has messed up this country and people on some many levels. time will tell how folks vote.

  • So what about the fact that many killings in this country are done by white males of European origins, such as Timothy McVeigh who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma. Shall we also ban all white people from entering the United States?

    • Islamic terrorism draws attention. Never mind the fact that you’re literally thousands of times more likely to be murdered by a fellow American than an Islamic extremist in this country. Never mind the fact that our 2003 invasion of Iraq is what led to these extremist of the extremists (ISIS) to come into existence. Just scream “terrorism” and you’ll get a rise out of people. Much worse to be killed by a Muslim jihadist than by some random nutcase with access to guns.

      • Yes. The lack of perspective here is shocking. I’m sure all of those victims at Columbine, Aurora, Oklahoma City, Sandy Hook, etc., etc., etc. are all just so relieved that — at least — they weren’t murdered or maimed by somebody foreign-looking.

    • We still haven’t done squat to stop another white male from murdering children at our schools. The simple statistical fact that math challenged Republicans cannot get a grip on is that you are far more likely to be killed by someone you are close to. Especially if you are a woman. So even the white male terrorism isn’t as big of a threat as the person you’re sleeping with in the same bed.

  • There was another person not too long ago who denounced and annihilated folks based on their religion. Rounded them up before sending them to gas chambers. Think his name was Adolph something. Here we have his clone, of German descent, advocating similar actions. We never learn do we.

  • What kind of jerk does it take to say that banning Muslims from our country ain’t so bad as Roosevelt’s despicable order to lock up loyal and law-abiding Japanese-Americans in concentration camps? Well, now we have a prime example. Trump.
    He is not talking about the kind of country we believe in. A country that recognized what a horrible mistake and aberration Executive Order 9066 was, and vowed never to repeat it. Trump would.

    • Maybe, just maybe Trump was influenced long ago by the 1943 mainstream Hollywood movie “Air Force.” In it, you see a depiction of “local Japs” from Maui shooting at Americans and a mention of U.S. P-40 fighters damaged at Hickam Field by civilian vegetable trucks just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. In recent years the movie was never televised with a disclaimer (even when broadcast in Hawaii) and no doubt influenced what little some people believe about the historical attack.

    • I think you are confusing two different things. The internment of Japanese Americans was one thing. The banning of visas for certain national groups by Roosevelt was something different.

  • How about banning all religious people. You never hear of an atheist setting off explosives and shooting up Paris, or an atheist shooting people at a Planned Parenthood clinic. The Middle East has had continuous religious conflict for thousands of years. Even in Ireland, Catholics and Protestants have been fighting for almost 100 years, and nope, not a mention of an atheist’s involvement. Religion and its nonsense, is the problem.

    • Lot of religious fanatics for sure, but “true believers” (there way is the right and only way) are not confined to religion. You can find them in politics (Republican or Democrat), in political ideology (communist vs capitalist). You can find them in business vs environment. You can find them in cultural/race issues (blacks vs whites). You can find MANY just by reading the Star Advertiser comments section!!!!!

    • You are soo wrong. Look at what the communists did. They used violence to get into power and then proceeded to slaughter people by the millions. As bad as the religious stuff is, its body count is a drop in the bucket compared what the atheists accomplished.

  • Trump has jumped the shark.

    With condemnation pouring in from every corner of the US — and now from leaders around the world! — he refuses adamantly to step back from the abyss. Instead he doubles down. He hurls himself headlong into it by citing one of history’s worst blunders, an egregious misstep which cost America dearly, is reviled in every history book and by every person with a conscience and a brain.

    Here is a man who makes snap decisions “based” on thoughtless impulse and massive ego. God help America — God help the world! — if he gets his fat fumble-fingers anywhere near the Red Button.

    Thankfully that’ll never happen. Because Trump has jumped the shark.

    • The efforts to marginalize Trump by the establishment cabal is going to illustrate just how powerful they are and how much they want to avoid him winning the presidency. If we get unanimity in boycotting Trump as an independent, that will more than confirm the cabal exists IMO. The banksters are in the background here, no question
      And to the extent that this is true, he deserves the people’s vote more than any other candidate from either party.

      • Right. It’s not as if the guy is off-puttingly loud, ignorant, sexist, xenophobic, misogynist, racist — and inexplicably proud of all the above. No, for someone so cuddly to get any negative attention there has to be a conspiracy. Oh, and in order for someone to be marginalized, he has to share a common ground. DT, I suspect, occupies a space a mile up over a crater on Pluto.

        • Call Trump a few more names and see how far up he moves in the polls. You can’t handle the truth and neither can the establishment. The people will decide.

        • I handle the truth just fine… Which, fortunately, has nothing to do with either you or Trump.

  • Trump is not a Republican, he is a narcissistic populist. For all those who like to say Obama is a “dictator” and “ego maniac” are silent about Trump. I guess a dictator is ok if you are lock step in line with him. “First they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I’m not a Jew…” But all of this talk is pointless since there is no way that he is electable. The sky is not falling. No need to panic.

  • Trump is right. He is simply stating what many already think. Our southern borders are wide open and our ViSA program is another problem area.
    Europe is already suffering from their lenient and foolish policy to allow numerous Muslims to enter their countries where they have refused to assimilate and
    want to impose Sharia law in the communities where they predominate. Some of this is already happening in parts of our country.
    There are over a billion followers of Mohammed. Even if only 20% support jihad against the infidels, that is a very large threat to be dealt with. We would be fools
    to allow more Muslims to enter our country especially when we have no reliable means to vet them properly. Please remember that although the media describe
    these Jihadi groups as being terrorist extremists, and there are many, many groups world wide, these people are not really extreme but are simply strong fundamentalist
    and devout followers of Muhammed and Allah. The central tenants of Islam are at its core not compatible to our Western Judeo Christian beliefs and values and there is
    no way to reconcile these differences. That is the reality. To ignore this is to face our eventual destruction.
    I

  • Let’s see now. The Donald has alienated the Hispanics/Mexicans, Asian Americans, African Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, and the college educated Republicans/Democrats. Whose left, I guess primarily the non college educated white blue collar. Yes indeed. Hillary thanks Trump for the gift that keeps on giving.

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