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Trump On His Plan To Ban Muslims: 'Not Politically Correct, But I Don't Care' : NPR

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Donald Trump speaks to the crowd Monday at a Pearl Harbor Day rally at the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sean Rayford/Getty Images Donald Trump speaks to the crowd Monday at a Pearl Harbor Day rally at the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sean Rayford/Getty Images The latest pronouncement from the presidential campaign of Donald Trump calls for the U.S. to refuse to let any Muslim from anywhere into the United States. It has prompted very strong criticism, including from some of his fellow Republican candidates and state party leaders. The Philadelphia Daily News cover Tuesday morning labels Trump "The New Furor." Trump's proposal came the day after President Obama's Sunday night televised address from the Oval Office in which the president urged Americans to reject discrimination against Muslim Americans. Trump's response? "I wrote something today that I think is very very salient, very important and probably not politically correct, but I don't care," Trump said at a rally on an aircraft carrier-turned-museum in South Carolina. The statement earned him a standing ovation at an event in which two protesters were led out. Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." He cited polls as evidence of "hatred" of Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. One was a survey from Pew Research. He didn't include specifics, so it's not clear what the data there really show. A 2011 Pew Global Attitudes survey found majorities of Muslims in other countries described Westerners as "selfish," "violent" and "arrogant." The Washington Post's Philip Bump pointed out, citing different Pew data: "The polling firm has found that Muslims across the globe are overwhelmingly opposed to the Islamic State and in 2007 that Muslims were much less likely to view suicide bombings as justified than five years prior. Pew also found a partisan split in which Republican Americans were far more likely to hold negative views of Muslims than Democrats. In 2011, they learned that U.S. Muslims almost never consider suicide bombings to be justified." At his rally, Trump then went on to highlight another poll. "This was from the Center for Security Policy, very highly respected group of people, who I know, by the way 25 percent of those polled agreed violence against Americans is justified. It's Muslims 25 percent," Trump said. The poll is highly suspect. Its methodology is questionable polling online and its questions in many cases are leading. There may be a reason for that. While Trump calls the group "highly respected," it's a hawkish, ultra-conservative organization whose website features prominent warnings about the rise of Sharia, or Islamic law, in the U.S. and about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating this country. "The Muslim Brotherhood agenda for the United States demonstrably seeks through subversive infiltration of American institutions the triumph of shariah," the group's president and founder Frank Gaffney writes on the website about a book he endorsed as part of its "Civilization Jihad Reader Series." He continued, "We are now on notice that U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations is simply the leading edge of the jihadist movement in this country. While the USCMO seeks to cloak itself in red, white, and blue, it is only for the purpose of accomplishing what can aptly be described as 'Star Spangled Shariah.' " Gaffney is known for alleging the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the U.S., including Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Gaffney even has a petition page set up on his group's website seeking to kick Norquist and Suhail Kahn out of the American Conservative Union and accusing them of "running influence operations against conservatives on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes." Reaction from other GOP presidential hopefuls came quickly. Ben Carson tried to draw this line: "Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay, as is done in many countries," spokesman Doug Watts said. "We do not and would not advocate being selective on one's religion." Others all-out rejected Trump's proposal. Ted Cruz, who is competing with Trump for both the Tea Party and the evangelical vote, spoke to NBC News. "No, that is not my policy," he said. "I believe the focus should be on radical Islamic terrorism." Jeb Bush called Trump "unhinged." Marco Rubio said Trump's plan was outlandish and offensive. Chris Christie said Trump has no idea what he's talking about. Former Vice President Dick Cheney was asked about it during an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Radio program. "Well, I think this whole nation, that we can say, 'No more Muslims,' that we can just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in," he said. Muslim civil rights groups, meanwhile, reacted with alarm. Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Trump sounded like the leader of a lynch mob. "If such hatred and bigotry is not outright rejected by the GOP, then it will be part of its legacy for many years to come," Awad said. Republican Party chairs in two key early primary states, South Carolina and New Hampshire, did outright reject it. But a co-chairman of Trump's state veterans coalition in New Hampshire defended Trump's statement, arguing that it's the same policy used against Japanese-Americans during World War II. "What he's saying is no different than the situation during World War II, when we put the Japanese in camps," state Rep. Al Baldasaro said, per WMUR's John DiStaso. "The people who attacked innocent people in Paris came through open borders. From a military mind standpoint, all Donald Trump is saying is to do what needs to be done until we get a handle on how to do background checks." Baldasaro also called on Jennifer Horn, the state party chairwoman, to step down for calling Trump's plan "un-American." "She needs to resign because she has no clue," Baldasaro said. "She's my friend, but I have to separate that from the Republican Party." As divisive as this policy is, Trump did something else last night something he always does at his rallies: portray himself as the man to unify the country. "Wouldn't it be good for all of us to really get together and make our country great again?" Trump asked, invoking his slogan. "Isn't that what we really want to do?"

Donald Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S. -

Joey Maceda - 4:53 AM
"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," a campaign press release said.Trump, who has previously called for surveillance against mosques and said he was open to establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S., made his latest controversial call in a news release. His message comes in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, by suspected ISIS sympathizers and the day after President Barack Obama asked the country not to "turn against one another" out of fear.Trump's comments are likely to roil the Republican presidential race, forcing many of his opponents for the nomination to engage in a debate over whether there should be a religious test to enter America. But his proposal was met with enthusiasm by many of his supporters, who showed their approval via social media as well as at his rally on Monday night.RELATED: Trump to critics of Muslim travel ban: I don't care"I think that we should definitely disallow any Muslims from coming in. Any of them. The reason is simple: we can't identify what their attitude is," said 75-year-old Charlie Marzka of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Moreover, the Muslim travel ban will likely do little to dent Trump's own popularity among Republican primary voters. The billionaire businessman has dominated the GOP contest for months despite repeated controversies that would likely sink other White House hopefuls."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," Trump said in a statement. "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's campaign added in the release that such a ban should remain in effect "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."The release pointed to an online poll from the controversial Center for Security Policy, which claimed that a quarter of Muslims living in the U.S. believe violence against Americans is justified as part of a global jihadist campaign. Critics have questioned the reliability of the organization's information. It also pointed to a Pew Research poll, which the campaign declined to identify, which the campaign claimed points to "great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN on Monday that the ban would apply not just to Muslim foreigners looking to immigrate to the U.S., but also to Muslims looking to visit the U.S. as tourists."Everyone," Lewandowski said when asked if the ban would also apply to Muslim tourists."Great surveillance and vigilance must be adhered to," said Trump in an additional statement Lewandowski provided to CNN. "We want to be very fair but too many bad things are happening and the percentage of true hatred is too great. People that are looking to destroy our country must be reported and turned in by the good people who love our country and want America to be great again."Trump confirmed that his policy would not apply to current Muslims in the U.S. during a Fox News interview on Monday evening. "I have Muslim friends, Greta, and they're wonderful people. But there's a tremendous section and cross-section of Muslims living in our country who have tremendous animosity," he told Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren. "It does not apply to people living in the country, except we have to be vigilant."Obama administration condemns proposalObama's deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes reacted to Trump's call Monday on CNN, calling it "totally contrary to our values as Americans" and pointed to the Bill of Rights' protection of freedom of religion and pointing to the "extraordinary contributions" Muslim Americans have made to the U.S."But it's also contrary to our security," Rhodes told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "The fact of the matter is ISIL wants to frame this as a war between the United States and Islam, and if we look like we're applying religious tests to who comes into this country, we're sending a message that essentially we're embracing that frame and that is going to make it very difficult to partner with Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world to prevent the scourge of radicalization that we should be focused on.""We should make it harder for ISIL to portray this as a war between the United States and Islam, not easier," Rhodes added, using another acronym for ISIS, the radical Islamist group that controls swaths of Syria and Iraq and has called for terror attacks against the U.S.Trump has beat back criticism in recent weeks that he is bigoted against Muslims, even telling CNN on Saturday when asked whether Muslims pose a danger to the U.S. that he thinks Muslims "are great people.""I love the Muslims. I think they're great people," Trump told CNN in September.And when he became tied to the idea of creating a database of all Muslims living in the U.S., Trump sought to distance himself from that proposal -- insisting that the idea was a reporter's and he was not committed to it.Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, speaking to members of the Muslim community earlier in the afternoon, echoed the President's sentiment on Sunday warning against divisiveness."Bitterness grows out of hopelessness, and there is no hopelessness in this situation, however uncomfortable and menacing it may be at times," he said. "Faith in the ultimate strength of the democratic philosophy and code of the Nation as a whole has always been stronger than the impulse to despair"Republicans reactIt didn't take long for the rest of the Republican presidential primary field to repudiate Trump's call.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Trump's proposal in a radio interview."This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don't know what they are talking about. We do not need to resort to that type of activity nor should we," Christie said on the Michael Medved radio show. "What we need to do is to increase our intelligence activities. We need to cooperate with peaceful Muslim Americans who want to give us intelligence against those who are radicalized."And South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called on every presidential candidate to "do the right thing & condemn @Realdonaldtrump's statement."Graham later told CNN that Trump's rhetoric "is putting our troops serving abroad and our diplomats at risk.""For interpreters and others risking their lives abroad to help America -- this is a death sentence," Graham said.Graham just returned from a trip to visit troops in the Middle East and said from troops and allies there expressed concerns over Trump's rhetoric.Graham said he assured them that Trump is in the minority, but Graham said Monday Trump's latest proposal makes it harder to convince them of that.Another GOP presidential contender, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said, "That is not my policy.""I have introduced legislation in the Senate that would put in place a three year moratorium on refugees coming from countries where ISIS or al Qaeda control a substantial amount of territory. And the reason is that is where the threat is coming from," Cruz said as he was leaving a South Carolina field office.In a statement, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said, "This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States."And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted that Trump is "unhinged.""Donald Trump is unhinged. His "policy" proposals are not serious," he said.Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson also said is opposed to placing a religious test on U.S. visitors."Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay as is done in many countries. I do not and would not advocate being selective on one's religion," he said in a statement.Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign did not explicitly refute Trump's proposal."Sen. Rand Paul has led on the issue of border security, proposing real solutions. That's why earlier this month he introduced legislation to block visitors and immigrants from nations with known radical elements while a new system is developed to screen properly," said Sergio Gor, Paul's communications director, in a statement.Former tech CEO Carly Fiorina said Trump's "overreaction" is as bad as Obama's "under reaction.""President Obama isn't prepared to do anything, which is clearly foolish, but Donald Trump always plays on everyone's worst instincts and fears. And saying we're not going to let a single Muslim into this country is a dangerous overreaction," she said during a gaggle with reporters in Waterloo, Iowa.Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he disagrees with Trump."(Trump's) habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together. The next president better be somebody who can unite our country to face the great challenges of the 21st Century," he said in a statement.Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore tweeted, "Trump's fascist talk drives all minorities from GOP."And former Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, said such a policy goes against the spirit of America."This whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in," he said. "I mean, religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from."Democrats slam TrumpDemocrats were quick to condemn Trump's call, with two of the three Democratic presidential candidates calling Trump a "demagogue."".@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue," tweeted Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland.Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont also slammed Trump as a demagogue and suggested Trump's rhetoric would make the U.S. weaker."Demagogues throughout our history have attempted to divide us based on race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin. Now, Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims. The United States is a great nation when we stand together. We are a weak nation when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us," Sanders said in a statement.Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, in a signed message, tweeted, "This is reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive. @RealDonaldTrump, you don't get it. This makes us less safe. -H"And the Democratic National Committee sought to align the GOP as a whole alongside Trump."Donald Trump is indeed a 'net positive' for the Republican Party -- as their chairman called him -- because he shows America what the Republican Party really stands for with his rhetoric that only helps enemies like ISIL/Daesh to recruit extremists," said DNC spokeswoman Christina Freundlich. Trump's call for a shutdown of Muslim immigration in the U.S. came hours before he was set to speak aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown, a World War II era ship parked near Charleston, South Carolina.CNN's Eric Bradner, Dana Bash, Tom LoBianco, Sara Murray and Elizabeth Landers contributed to this report.

About Donald J. Trump | Donald J Trump for President

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During the 2014 political cycle, Mr. Trump was a top contributor and fundraiser for Republican efforts. Mr. Trump also campaigned across the country, with each candidate winning by a record margin. Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media. He frequently uses this platform to advocate for Conservative causes, Republican candidates and to educate the public on the failures of the Obama administration. Mr. Trump appears on Fox and Friends on Monday mornings and devotes much of his time to media interviews in order to promote a Free Market, the importance of a strong family, a culture of Life, a strong military and our countrys sacred obligation to take care of our veterans and their families. Mr. Trump has long been a devoted supporter of veteran causes. In 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of World War II, only 100 spectators watched New York Citys Veteran Day Parade. It was an insult to all veterans. Approached by Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the chief of New York Citys FBI office, Mr. Trump agreed to lead as Grand Marshall a second parade later that year. Mr. Trump made a $1 million matching donation to finance the Nations Day Parade. On Saturday, November 11th, over 1.4 million watched as Mr. Trump marched down Fifth Avenue with more than 25,000 veterans, some dressed in their vintage uniforms. A month later, Mr. Trump was honored in the Pentagon during a lunch with the Secretary of Defense and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff. In New York City, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses, among them the world-renowned Fifth Avenue skyscraper, Trump Tower, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, Trump World Tower at the United Nations Plaza, 40 Wall Street, and Trump Park Avenue. His portfolio includes the historic Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida and his ever expanding collection of award-winning golf courses (seventeen thus far) which span the U.S from Los Angeles to New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Florida, and internationally from Scotland and Ireland to Dubai. He recently added the iconic golf resorts of Turnberry, Scotland, and Doonbeg, Ireland, to his portfolio and Trump National Golf Club Washington, DC, has been highly acclaimed. The Trump Hotel Collection has grown to include properties in Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Panama and Toronto in addition to Trump SoHo/New York and the acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower on Central Park West which once again won the coveted Mobil Five-Star Award as well as the Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago was awarded the #1 Hotel in the US and Canada by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Recent acquisitions include the iconic Doral Hotel & Country Club (800 acres) in Miami, and the historic Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. which is being developed into a world class luxury hotel. Seen as a generational asset by the Trump family, the redevelopment plan will infuse the building with new life. Groundbreaking was in July of 2014. Mr. Trump is the Emmy-nominated star and co-producer of the reality television series, The Apprentice which quickly became the number one show on television, making ratings history and receiving rave reviews and world wide attention. The Celebrity Apprentice has met with great success as well, being one of the highest rated shows on television. The Apprentices record fourteenth season premiered in January, 2015. Youre fired! is listed as the third greatest television catchphrase of all time. In 2007, Mr. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is among the highest paid public speakers in the world. The Apprentice has raised over $15 million for charity. Mr. Trump was born in Queens, New York. He is married to Melania Trump and father to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron. He is a proud grandfather of seven.

TIME Person of the Year 2015 Runner-Up: Donald Trump

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By Michael Scherer Photograph by Martin Schoeller for TIME While a fearful nation watched the terrorists attack again, striking the cafs of Paris and the conference rooms of San Bernardino, Calif., Donald J. Trump looked out from his golden Manhattan tower, divining as he does the unseized opportunity before him. Toughness was his brand, and in a tumultuous political season, transgression his method. He had already promised once again to water-board terrorist suspects and more than that, despite international treaties against torture. He had even vowed not only to bomb the sh-t out of the Islamic State fighters in Syria but also to take out their familiesanother likely war crimeand steal the oil from their land and sell it through American companies. Then in early December he made his next move, an extraordinary call to bar all Muslims from entering the U.S., including tourists and business travelers, a direct challenge to the nations constitutional right to the free exercise of religion. I wrote something today that I think is very, very salient, very important and probably not politically correct, he said, while laying out his plan in South Carolina before cheering throngs. But I dont care. In times of trial and desperation, when institutions fail, insecurity mounts and need arises, even the most enlightened democratic states can turn inward and break against themselves. It is impossible to read the history of the petty republics of Greece and Italy without feeling sensations of horror and disgust at the distractions with which they were continually agitated, wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 9, published in 1787. James Madison warned his nascent nation of the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. To remedy this, Americas founders forged a union with safeguards: due process of law, inalienable individual rights and a byzantine electoral system that intentionally slowed popular fury and change. Yet still the country has been tested over the centuries by demagogues and bigots, leaders who broke social and political norms, targeted enemies within and rallied the nation against the governing class. President Obama carpeted the Oval Office with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Such sentiments have a demonstrated history of being cast aside in anxious times. Back in the 1930s, disruptive technological change and economic depression gave rise to Louisianas Huey Long, who ruled more like a dictator than a governor, disregarding the law as he denounced the billionaire robber barons and called for radical wealth redistribution. He was followed in the 1950s by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, who channeled foreign policy fears into spurious attacks against ideas and the people who held them. Alabama governor George Wallace arrived in the 1960s, riding fears of national decline and civil rights through presidential campaigns in which he promised to shake the eyeteeth of national politicians in both parties. Each was denounced, like Trump, as a leader who appealed improperly to emotion and prejudice to gain power. Each was a master of the popular spectacle. Each terrified some and delighted others, testing the nations very identity. Everything about Trump is a challenge, a testeven for the thousands of people who attend his rallies and cheer his outrages. If any other Republican candidate piped Luciano Pavarotti into his campaign events in the Deep South, people would talk. But for Trump, it was part of a piece. You hear him hit that high note? There is no one like that, he says one day in late November of the late tenor, whom he considered a friend. Trump is standing backstage in Birmingham, Ala., before a rally that packs about 9,000 into a room twice the size of a football field on the first day of the regular deer-hunting season. I change the music around. I pick it all, he continues. Pavarotti, they love. They certainly love something. For two hours, Trump supporters have been shouting their praise over the soundtrack, hailing his tell-it-like-it-is toughness while confessing the frustrations and fears that grip themrising health costs, flat wages, bankrupt political leadership, threats both foreign and domestic. Most also mention Trumps defiance, that lack of concern for what others have said is acceptable. He doesnt care who he pisses off, one supporter explains. He says what everyone wants to say but are afraid to say, says another. Trump can feel it too, having just flown in from his Palm Beach estate, which aides have already started calling the Winter White House. The Republican nomination, by all rights, is within his grasp, which means the presidency as well, which will bring, he promises, a new national Valhalla, a chance to Make America Great Again. These are glory days for a man who has never tired of selfglorification. For five months he has been atop the Republican polls (by a lot), dominant in the press coverage (big league), taunting the political powers with attitude, singular authenticity and aggression. We are hotter now than we ever were, he says. On the other side of the curtain, the crowd starts singing along to the na-na-nas of Hey Jude. He will take the stage soon, so Trump quickly tries to explain his most important talent, the thing responsible for bringing him here now. His father used to claim it had to do with real estateMy boy has the greatest sense of location, Fred saidbut Trump now understands its something more profound. I have a sense of people, he says. I understand people. Ive made a lot of money because of people, because deals arent anything other than people, O.K.? That sixth sense, he continues, is what led him to focus hard, right from the very start, on illegal immigration, proposing a 2,000-mile border wall and the forcible deportation of 11 million people. I just felt it, he says. I felt it like I do deals. The terrorist attacks triggered the same instinctual response. Immigration has boiled over into Syria, he says, in a telling logical connection. The sound system switches to Lynyrd Skynyrds Sweet Home Alabama, a Southern-pride anthem, with its ambiguous homage to the segregationist Wallace. There is a mike offstage, as there is before a wrestling match. Ladies and gentlemen, the next President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, blares the announcer. There is din, bedlam, then Trump. If by chance you have not given over more than an hour this year to watch one of Trumps raucous and rambling rallies, here is what you missed: High political theater. Subversive irony. Triumphant bravado. Stand-up improv. And a meanness this country has not seen from a politician for generations. This time, its not about nice, Trump likes to say. We have to be mean now. Landon Nordeman for TIMECampaign Carnival A Trump rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Nov. 28. Defying all expectations, Trump has dominated the Republican nomination contest When the Skynyrd fades, Trump starts in. Were going to have a lot of fun, he says. By that he means the crowd is with him tonight, in a world he will always define as binary: winners or losers, good or bad, strong or weak, smart or stupid. He throws schoolyard insults at his rivalslow energy Jeb Bush, pathological Ben Carson, lightweight Marco Rubio. He orders jeers for the journalists on the press risers. Look at those bloodsuckers back there, he calls, pointing. Be ashamed of yourselves. He describes in detail vicious crimes allegedly committed by undocumented Mexican migrants. He tells folks to keep an eye on their neighbors: When you see certain people walking in and out all day carrying things, inform your local police. He remembers back to the World Trade Center collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. I watched in Jersey City where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down, he says. So something is going on. That never happened. There is no news report or video footage of thousands of Muslims cheering the attacks. But the controversy is his oxygen. As with his promise to have a religious test for entry into the nation, this libelous charge against an entire city, for which Trump will never apologize, allows him to dominate another two weeks of the presidential-campaign news cycle, pushing him up in the polls once again. That is how Trump has been doing it. He has a sense for people. Something else happens while he stands onstage. Mercutio Southall, a well-known Birmingham civil rights activist, begins shouting in protest from the middle of the crowd. This happens a lot at Trump rallies, with troubling effects. At a September event on Capitol Hill, a young Latino protester gets spit on and has her hair pulled by an elderly man trying to shut her up. In Miami in November, the crowd kicks and punches at immigration activists, dragging them from the room. This time Trump notices the disturbance and demands a response. Get him the hell out of here. Get him out of here, he commands. Get out. Southall is a large black man shouting in an almost entirely white crowd in a 73% black city famous for some of the most brutal racial clashes of the 1960s. Soon, regular Trump supporters are punching and kicking at him. He falls to the floor, swings back and is choked. A video later shows a blond, middle-aged woman walk up, kick him in the stomach and back away, even as he is held by a local plainclothes police officer. While on the floor, Southall says he heard racial epithets directed at him. The next day, Trump is asked about the fight. Maybe he should have been roughed up, the U.S. presidential candidate responds. Landon Nordeman for TIMEPeople Power Trump has drawn raucous crowds to his freewheeling campaign rallies Trumps dark accomplishment is all the more dramatic because he did it alone, without outside funding or external advice, private pollsters or written speeches. He now claims the support of about 30% of Republican-leaning voters, who make up about 42% of the nations electorate. That number may grow or fade, but his success has already shifted the country, making possible ideas once seen as out of bounds by both the established press and elected officials. His proposal to ban Muslims from the country was condemned with near unanimity, by House Speaker Paul Ryan, former Vice President Dick Cheney and most of his 2016 GOP rivals. Trump delighted in crossing such lines. Before cheering crowds, he praised the extrajudicial punishment of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his Afghan post and was captured by the Taliban. They beat the crap out of him, which is fine, Trump said. Trump even retweeted a racist image filled with statistics that falsely claimed that 81% of white -murders in America were committed by blacks. (In fact, whites committed 82% of white murders in 2014.) True to form, he refused to apologize or correct the error. Theres a big difference between a tweet and a retweet, Trump told TIME afterward. Its for other people. Let them find out if its correct or not. His poll numbers continued to climb. In a party once known for projecting strength, he cowed all comers and gave millions of Americans new hope that their lingering sense of decline and injustice might end. You have politicians who just sit around and do politics, explained Michael Williams, a 44-year-old heating and ventilation repairman with six kids, who hasnt voted since 1992 but made his way to a Trump rally in South Carolina in November. He will say what needs to be said. Sometimes it aint pretty, but the truth aint pretty sometimes. Three days after the Birmingham rally, Trump invited TIME back to his Fifth Avenue office, high above Manhattans holiday-shopping celebrations. I think there is only one person you can pick, he said of the upcoming TIME Person of the Year issue. Its got to be Trump. For the next 40 minutes, he answered questions in his particular way, full of digressions, rehashed monologues and boasts. His outrage at the state of the world showed no sign of abating. They have taken over Paris and destroyed it, he said at one point about the Muslim immigrants of Europe. Wait until you see what happens to Germany. On the details of his most controversial policy proposals, however, he remained vague. At a recent televised debate, he cited a 1954 mass-deportation program, called Operation Wetback, as proof that his own immigration plan would work. The program expelled about 1 million people by sending paramilitary federal agents to round up thousands in public squares and at restaurants and other locales, place them on buses, trains and boats with minimal due process and ship them south. Families got separated, U.S. citizens were accidentally forced from their country, and some died en route. Most of the people left because they saw what was going on, said Trump, who knows the history. It was a very effective plan, in terms of illegal immigration. But that doesnt mean he would repeat the program in full. Im not saying its a model because there are things I didnt like about the way they did it, he said. What his exact plans are, however, remain a mystery. He will not say, beyond promising they will be humane. He also declined to say whether he would have opposed the forced internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry during the Second World War, an event caused by racial prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership, according to a reparations law signed by Ronald Reagan in 1988. I would have had to be there at the time to give you a proper answer, he said. Its tough. But you know war is tough. And winning is tough. We dont win anymore. Seventy-two percent of U.S. Latinos, one of the fastest-growing voting demographics, view him unfavorably, compared with only 11% who view him favorably, according to an October poll by the Associated Press. Trump doesnt believe such polls, saying they are corrupted by undocumented respondents who claim otherwise. If they are legally here, Im doing quite well, he said. He also confessed a new plan to gain back support after he secures the GOP nomination. If I win, one of my first pictures is going to be to get all my Hispanic employees and take a picture in some area. People will be amazed. I have thousands, he said. They love me. I take great care of them. A few months ago, Latino protesters dressed in mock Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia appeared outside Trumps offices with a sign that parodied his campaign slogan: make america racist again. A television crew covering the protest captured video of Trumps chief of security, Keith Schiller, grabbing the sign, which was held on the far side of the sidewalk across from Trumps property. As Schiller started walking into the building, a protester, Efrain Galicia, grasped at Schillers back. He wheeled around and punched Galicia in the head. The protesters sued, and won a court injunction, over the opposition of Trumps lawyers, prohibiting any future interference with protests outside Trumps offices. Trump does not apologize for what happened. Well, these guys were tough guys outside, Trump said of the protesters. They had a lot of problems. The incident, combined with the clashes at his rallies, raises questions about how a President Trump would handle public criticism in office. Disruptive protests of candidates are a feature of our current system, and for decades candidates and elected officials have simply waited them out. Asked if he questions the right to protest, he answered succinctly, No, not at all. I have protests. Asked if he could give assurances that even reporters he despised would keep their credentials for the White House briefing room, he said, Oh yeah, I would do that. It doesnt mean I would be nice to them. I tend to do what I do. If people arent treating me right, I dont treat them right. But there is a larger question of how Trumps tough rhetoric and policies might change the country, and the world, in ways he does not directly control. In late August, after a Red Sox game, two brothers from South Boston allegedly awoke a sleeping 58-year-old Latino homeless man by urinating on his head. They hit him with their fists and a metal pipe. Police say one of the brothers later explained his actions by saying, Donald Trump was right. All these illegals need to be deported. Trump eventually tweeted a condemnation, after a reporter questioned him about his silence. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect, he wrote. I would never condone violence. But when asked months later if he worried that his continued aggressive rhetoric might lead to innocent people getting hurt or other human suffering, he seemed unmoved by the danger and unhappy with what he called a very unfair question. Are you ready? he asked brusquely, a phrase he often uses to preface an impolitic remark. People are getting hurt. People are being decimated by illegal immigrants. The crime is unbelievable. There is no conclusive evidence that undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit violence than anyone else, a fact that Trump does not dispute. A September study by the National Academy of Sciences found that neighborhoods with greater immigrant concentrations generally have much lower rates of crime and violence. Foreign-born men ages 18 to 39 are incarcerated at one-fourth the rate of their -native-born peers. People are getting hurt far greater than something I am going to say, Trump continued. People are getting hurt by our stupidity. Landon Nordeman for TIMERelentless Cheerleader Trump brags about himself, dismisses his nomination rivals and talks tough about immigration and trade It seemed an important point of clarification, after months of escalating calls for confrontation. The Trump worldview, the us-against-them bravado that has mobilized a sizable share of the nation, has at its core a zero-sum equation. If the only way to alleviate national suffering is to impose it elsewhereeven if the people who must pay reside among usthen that is the price that he believes must be paid. The families will be bombed. The Muslims banned. The oil taken. The trade relationships upended. The protesters challenged. The migrants deported. The suspects tortured. You know what, darling? Youre not going to be scared anymore, Trump told an adolescent girl in North Carolina in December. Theyre going to be scared. Youre not going to be scared. This is the grim bet of Donald J. Trump. He knows how to read people, and he believes his nation is ready for a wartime consigliere, a tough guy for a scary time. He makes no apologies, even when he is wrong or people get pummeled. His words are weapons, slicing through the national consciousness. You know what? Maybe its good, maybe its not, he allowed, as he sat in his tower, among the trophies of his glorious life. And if its not, thats all right. Theyll get somebody else, and you know whats going to happen? Our country is going to go to hell. Thats the choice that Trump offers. Its now up to the American people to decide if they want to make it.
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