Local reaction to Trump’s suggested ban on Muslims in U.S.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Presidential candidate Donald Trump said the U.S. should ban all Muslims from coming into the country.
Trump’s comments stem from last week’s mass shooting in California, where the shooters are suspected of being members of ISIS.
Trump, the current GOP front runner, said in a statement Monday he 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.”
One local representative of the Muslim community said Trump is going overboard.
Trump’s campaign said his suggested ban on Muslims coming to the U.S. would not be just for those looking to immigrate into the country, but also those coming as tourists. It would not apply to Muslims already in the United States.
However, a few La Crosse residents still don’t agree.
“I think we should be accepting of all nationalities, so I don’t think that is correct,” La Crosse resident Aaron Cummins said.
“You know, he’s just outlandish as usual. I don’t think he’s going to get the presidency because he keeps dividing up the nation with these stupid comments. I mean I just don’t know where he’s getting this stuff from,” resident Anzor Jamokha said.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a similar opinion on Trump.
“We’re a country based on religious liberties, that’s why our founders came here, we should not be distinguishing between people based on their faith or that matter their ethnicity or other factors out there,” Walker said.
But Trump said this population of people is dangerous to Americans.
“According to Pew Research, among others, there is a great hatred toward Americans by large segments of the Muslim population,” Trump said.
Ahmed El-Afandi is the founder of the Islamic Center of Winona. He said Trump is just trying to get the public’s attention with his opinions.
“He is spewing hate comments, and probably insisting those who are less informed, to do damage to the Muslim community. It’s reminding me much of what approach Hitler used to take to get to the top,” El-Afandi said.
El-Afandi said there were similar casualties in the tragic shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs the week prior to the shooting in San Bernardino, California, but El-Afandi said no one called for a ban on Christians after that incident.
He said Trump is going overboard.
“One single event does not make a case,” he said.