I would say that Donald Trump has gone too far this time, were it not for the fact that he has gone too far so many times before.
Yesterday, he proposed that no Muslims be allowed to enter the United States, even if they are US citizens, or tourists, or diplomats, or refugees, or young children, or US military personnel.
Apparently, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who became the first Muslim in Congress in 2007. wouldn’t be allowed to drive back into the US if he traveled across his state’s border into Canada. Would Trump try to have him removed from his seat?
The United Nations would have to re-locate, as many of its Ambassadors are Muslim.
Muslim members of our military deployed overseas would not be allowed to then post back to the US or to come home on leave.
He has also said that all Muslims in the US would need to register as Muslims and that mosques would be surveilled.
It is ridiculous and against our values as a country.
This flies in the face of our Constitution, which promises free exercise of religion.
It harks back to some of the shameful actions of the United States during World War II, when Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were interred in camps based only on their ethnicity, along with some Italian- and German-Americans in the East.
The only positive aspect of this is that leaders across the political spectrum are publicly condemning Trump for this viewpoint.
It is hard to say whether or not Trump’s supporters will leave his camp over this. Many of them are scared and believe that Trump would protect them by this action.
I can only say that Trump’s supporters are a very small proportion of the population. With so many candidates in the Republican primary, having 30% support looks like a large percentage, but because Republicans are only a fraction of all US citizens, it only equals about 8% of the voters in the United States, some of whom may not support all of Trump’s platform.
To Mr. Trump, I say, “NO!”