Connecticut residents, politicians, businessmen react to Trump’s Muslim comments
First, House Speaker Paul Ryan sharply condemned Trump, his party’s front-runner presidential candidate, on Tuesday, following Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
Ryan said at a press conference that Trump’s comments are “not who we are as a party” and violate the Constitution.
“This is not conservatism,” the Wisconsin representative said, adding, “Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islam terror are Muslims.”
His remarks have been widely criticized by Muslim groups, Democrats and his fellow Republican presidential contenders.
Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, started the hashtag #SendDonaldToSpace after his remarks on Muslims. “Teserve him a seat on the Blue Origin rocket,” Bezos said in his tweet.
As for other outrage, the Philadelphia Daily News compared Trump to Adolf Hitler on its Tuesday front cover. The article was headlined: “The New Furor.”
And Harry Potter’s creator didn’t keep quiet either. J.K. Rowling retweeted a BBC article headlined “Why people are calling American businessman Donald Trump Voldemort.” In her retweet, she added that Lord Voldemort, the main villain in her seven-book series, is “nowhere near as bad” as Trump.
And now Connecticut residents are voicing their opinions on Trump.
On Wednesday, FOX 61's Lauren Victory spoke to residents who belong to both parties from multiple cities across the state to see what the temperature is for Trump's campaign.
Also, an interfaith religious coalition is calling for Trump Parc condominiums in Stamford to be renamed.
Also on Wednesday, Trump spoke to Don Lemon in an interview for "CNN Tonight."
"I'm doing good for the Muslims," he said. "Many Muslim friends of mine are in agreement with me. They say, 'Donald, you brought something up to the fore that is so brilliant and so fantastic.'"
Among those reaching out to thank him, the Republican front-runner said, was "one of the most important people in Middle East" --- Trump didn't say who --- who called on Wednesday to say, "Donald, you're doing a great service."
"I have many friends who are Muslims," Trump told Lemon. "They're phenomenal people. They are so happy at what I'm doing."
The feeling, he said, is mutual.
"I love the Middle East," Trump declared. "I love the people of the Middle East."
Trump also said his plan had been misrepresented and explained that the immigration ban may not last long.
"It could go quickly, but it's a subject that has to be discussed," he said, adding that there would be allowances made for Muslim athletes and diplomats.
Trump pinned the recent backlash that followed his call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" on Republican establishment figures and his primary opponents.
"The group that is not criticizing me," he said, "is the public. The public agrees with what I said. They saw those two animals last week go out and shoot people."