Durbin: Proposal to ban Muslims 'un-American'

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial MORE (D-Ill.) took a veiled shot Monday at Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE, calling the Republican presidential candidate's push to ban Muslims from entering the United States "un-American."

"A candidate for president of the United States of a major political party has called for the exclusion of Muslims from being allowed to immigrate into the United States," the Senate's No. 2 Democrat said. "That is reprehensible. It is outrageous and it is un-American." 
 
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Durbin added that he was concerned recent rhetoric could negatively impact the relationship between the Muslim-American community and law enforcement and that lawmakers "must condemn bias and bigotry aimed at Muslim Americans and make it clear that we will not tolerate religious discrimination."
 
He didn't specifically mention Trump, but the GOP presidential front-runner has gotten widespread pushback after he called for a "total and complete shutdown" of federal processing to allow followers of Islam to enter the country. 
 
Durbin also praised Republican lawmakers who denounced Trump's comments, including Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.) who made headlines late last week by visiting a mosque in his home state. 
 
"[Flake] made outstanding remarks about the regret he felt over some of the political statements that have been made over the last several weeks by political candidates," Durbin said on Monday. "Jeff Flake reminded us across the nation ... that America is a nation which values the freedom of religious belief." 
 
Flake, during his speech, said that he hopes "isolated voices calling for division are overwhelmed by the chorus of voices ... calling for acceptance, for tolerance and inclusion."