Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of allowing Muslims of any kind from entering the United States on Monday.
In a press release, Trump issued the unprecedented policy statement, which would bar all kinds of Muslims, not just terrorists. Trump's statement read:
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."
The statement also cited a poll from the Center for Security Policy, which claims 25 percent of respondents believe violence against Americans is justified under the tenets of Islam.
Further, Trump's statement called for pause in allowing Muslims to enter the United States because of the danger he believes it could pose:
“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.”
His striking policy proposal of prohibiting all Muslims from U.S. entry immediately spurred a plethora of passionate and emotional responses from fellow Republicans and challenging presidential candidates.
Trump's call for action comes on the same day that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) overtook him in Iowa as part of a Monmouth University poll.