CHARLESTON, SC – Tonight, Donald Trump was in Charleston where he told thousands of supporters on the U.S.S. Yorktown about his new suggestion to ban all Muslims. However, not everyone there was on board with his message.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” said Trump, as over a thousand rally attendees cheered him on.
Some said his speech was shocking. Some others called it shameful.
“I understand people looking into it, but you can’t definitively say that you can ban a religion or ban an entire group of people,” said rally attendee Stephen Pond.
Many in attendance hung on Trump’s every word and supported the republican presidential frontrunner throughout the evening with loud cheers and “Trump, Trump, Trump!” chants.
Some of Trump’s rivals, democrats, conservatives and religious leaders are roundly condemning his proposal to ban all Muslims, including tourists, from entering the U.S.
Trump cites what he says is hatred toward Americans and security risks.
Monday, he told people of the Lowcountry we must be looking inside mosques in America, “Because something is happening in there. Man, there’s anger, and we have to know about it,” said Trump. “It’s obvious to anybody, the hatred is beyond comprehension of such a big portion. Where the hatred comes from and why we’ll have to determine- we’re going to have to figure it out. We have to figure it out. We can’t live like this. It’s going to get worse and worse. You’re going to have more world trade centers. It’s going to get worse and worse folks. We can be politically correct and we can be stupid, but it’s going to get worse and worse.”
Throughout the rally, Trump was interrupted several times by young protestors, some of whom were kicked out by Mount Pleasant Police.
“The protest is a response to Donald Trump coming down to Charleston, where we’ve been through a lot this year, from Walter Scott to the Emmanuel Nine” said Latisha, a member of Black Lives Matter Charleston, referencing the murders of local black people at the hands of police officer Michael Slager and white supremacist Dylann Roof.
“Black Lives Matter. Islamic Lives Matter. Latino Lives Matter. We want to ensure that Trump knows we have a presence here, and that his racist, sexist, and homophobic language has no place in Charleston,” Latisha continued.
Demonstrators repeatedly interrupted Donald Trump’s remarks by shouting slogans, including “Black Lives Matter,” “We’re here, we’re queer,” and “No Trump! No KKK!”
But for the majority of the Trump supporters crammed inside the Yorktown Monday night, Trump’s electrifying stage presence trumped any protestors as soon as they began shouting.
Trump supporter, Bobby Mitchell, told News 2, “At some point you have to draw the line and we don’t know who the good and the bad are; so maybe you should just ban them all.”
Trump’s statement on banning Muslims comes just days after two radical Muslims shot and killed 14 people in California.
The White House says that his statement is contrary to U.S. values.