New Hampshire voters are in love with Donald Trump’s plan to temporarily ban all Muslim immigration into the U.S.
Exit polls of Republican primary voters on Tuesday showed strong support – 66 percent – in favor of the immigration component of Trump’s strategy to combat terrorism. The billionaire also crushed his GOP rivals in the state by collecting 34 percent of the vote.
Trump made waves in early December when he first announced his immigration plan, which came after the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris, France, and the Dec. 2, 2015, attack in San Bernardino, California.
The ISIS attacks in France killed 130 and the massacre in California by Islamic terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 and wounded 21.
“We want to be very fair but too many bad things are happening and the percentage of true hatred is too great,” Trump said in a statement released Dec. 8, 2015. “People that are looking to destroy our country must be reported and turned in by the good people who love our country and want America to be great again.”
Trump’s support for halting Muslim immigration comes just days after President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Maryland, and gave a very different assessment of the situation. Obama told members at the terror-linked mosque on Feb. 3 that “Muslim-Americans keep us safe” because “they are our police. They are our firefighters. They’re in [the Department of] Homeland Security.”
The mosque, which is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, has a history of anti-Israel rhetoric. ISNA was also started by members of the international Muslim Brotherhood in the 1980s.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also weighed in with a veiled shot at Trump on Feb. 3, saying, “We’ve seen an alarming willingness on the part of some Republicans to try to marginalize law-abiding, patriotic Muslim Americans. It’s just offensive to a lot of Americans who recognize that those kinds of cynical political tactics run directly contrary to the values that we hold dear in this country.”
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