Given the level of anti-Muslim rhetoric that Donald Trump's opponents in the 2016 Republican presidential primary have also been engaged in, it did not seem like an immediate certainty that the party as a whole would oppose his half-baked "plan" to suspend Muslim immigration and tourism "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." But no less a terrorism alarmist than Dick Cheney said Monday night that the premise of Trump's proposal "goes against everything we stand for and believe in," while CNN notes that the Republican Party chairs of the first three 2016 primary and caucus states have implicitly or explicitly denounced Trump as well.
(1/2) As a conservative who truly cares about religious liberty, Donald Trump’s bad idea and rhetoric send a shiver down my spine.— Matt Moore (@MattMooreSC) December 8, 2015
GOP believes that Obama has failed on ISIS, AND that we don’t make ourselves safer by betraying bedrock Constitutional values. (3/3)— Jeff Kaufmann (@kaufmannGOP) December 8, 2015
And New Hampshire, from CNN:
Jennifer Horn, head of the New Hampshire GOP, said Trump's attempt to ban all Muslims from traveling to the U.S. is "un-American" and "un-Republican."
'"There are some issues that transcend politics. While my position is certainly political, I am an American first. There should never be a day in the United States of America when people are excluded based solely on their race or religion," she said.
Trump, meanwhile, defended himself on Good Morning America on Tuesday by comparing his idea to FDR's internment camps for Japanese citizens.