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Rivals Thump Trump for Latest Anti-Muslim Comments

December 8, 2015, 12:45 AM UTC
GOP Presidential Hopefuls Address Republican Jewish Coalition Candidates Forum
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Candidates spoke and took questions from Jewish leaders and activists. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump opened himself up to a firestorm of criticism on Monday when he said he wanted to block Muslims from traveling or immigrating to the United States following the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

Trump said in a statement posted on his campaign website that he wanted “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our countries representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Unsurprisingly, Trump immediately faced backlash from all corner over his latest bomb. Fellow Republican and Democrat campaign rivals quickly issued statements expressing shock that he would call for such drastic measures.

Here’s a round-up of some them:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

Hillary Clinton:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

On his Twitter account, Christie linked to a transcript of his comments on Michael Medved radio show about Trump’s plan in which he said, “In my view, that’s a ridiculous position and one that won’t even be productive.”

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:

Fiorina said during a press conference in Iowa that Trump’s statement was an “overreaction,” and she made sure to take a swipe at President Obama as well, according to a CNN report.

“President Obama isn’t prepared to do anything, which is clearly foolish, but Donald Trump always plays on everyone’s worst instincts and fears,” she reportedly said. “And saying we’re not going to let a single Muslim into this country is a dangerous overreaction.”

Ben Carson:

“Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay as is done in many countries,” Carson campaign spokesman Doug Watts told Reuters. “We do not and would not advocate being selective on one’s religion.”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham:


For more about the Trump’s comments, watch the following Fortune video: