Both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike condemned GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE’s call for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims coming into the United States until leaders can “figure out what is going on.”
Trump said in a release on Monday: "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."
Statements of condemnation came quickly from many of his GOP rivals as well as those on the Democratic side.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who frequently spars with the real estate mogul, said in a statement: “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.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a Thursday radio interview on The Michael Medved show responded to Trump’s call.“Again, this is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about” Christie said in the interview. “We do not need to endorse that type of activity, nor should we. What we need to do is to increase our intelligence capabilities and activity both around the world and in the homeland.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted:
Donald Trump is unhinged. His "policy" proposals are not serious.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 7, 2015
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization MORE (R-S.C.), who is tied for last place in the GOP field, nearly 30 points behind Trump nationlly, tweeted:
.@Realdonaldtrump has gone from making absurd comments to being downright dangerous with his bombastic rhetoric.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 7, 2015
Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE (R-Texas) responded while in South Carolina and pointed to legislation he introduced in the Senate regarding refugees.
“Well that, that is not my policy. I’ve introduced legislation in the Senate that would put in place a three year moratorium on refugees coming from countries where ISIS or Al Qaeda can control a substantial amount of territory. And the reason is that’s where the threat is coming from,” Cruz said.
He continued, “I think that’s the approach we should take and we need a commander and chief who is focused on keeping this nation safe. And the way we do so is focusing in particular on radical Islamic terrorism which is exactly what I intend to do.”
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment Masks and vaccines: What price freedom? MORE (R-Ky.) has also introduced his own legislation pausing refugees from countries with "significant jihadist movements” from entering the country.
In response to Trump’s latest call, Paul campaign spokesman Sergio Gor said, "Senator 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."
On Monday evening, Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization MORE tweeted:
I disagree with Donald Trump's latest proposal. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 8, 2015
According to a tweet from CNN's Jake Tapper, Carly Fiorina said she thought "Donald Trump's overreaction is as dangerous as President Obama's under reaction...Donald Trump always plays on everyone's worst instincts and fears." She called Trump's proposal "a dangerous overreaction."
On the Democratic side, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley responded to Trump’s call, tweeting that Trump “is running for President as a fascist demagogue.”
.@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue.— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) December 7, 2015
Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack trillion tax hike the opposite of 'good investment' Progressive groups call for Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board to be abolished MORE (I-Vt.) said in a statement, “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.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE was the last of the Democratic candidates to condemn Trump, tweeting:
In the early voting state of New Hampshire, where Trump leads the Republican pack by 15 points, the state GOP chairwoman, Jennifer Horn, said, according to New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Dan Tuohy that "there are some issues that transcend politics...There should never be a day in the United States of America when people are excluded based solely on their race or religion. It is un-Republican. It is unconstitutional. And it is un-American.