ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (WFLA) – There is a lot of backlash over Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. The Republican presidential candidate said he would ban Muslim immigrants and visitors. A short time after, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter to voice his disagreement essentially with a “ban” of his own saying Trump wouldn’t be allowed in his city.
“I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps,” Kriseman tweeted.
Just hours before Kriseman’s tweet, it was another Donald Trump speech heard around the world. Trump said, “We have no idea who is coming into our country. We have no idea if they love us or if they hate us. We have no idea if they want to bomb us.”
“We’re like the stupid country in so many different ways,” Trump went on to say. “Can you imagine what some of our great leaders of the past would have said with the crap that is happening with us?”
Our sister station, News Channel 8, Skyped with the Director of the Center for American Islamic Relations of Florida who couldn’t disagree more. “Well Trump completely ‘out-Trumped’ himself surprisingly enough,” noted Hassan Shibly. “I mean it’s very, very disturbing to see that he would tear apart the U.S. constitution.”
A short time later, the national spotlight turned local with Mayor Kriseman’s tweet.
“The fact of banning someone from your city is meaningless,” Shibley responded when asked about his reaction to the tweet. “Trump obviously has the legal right to enter that city. Well, I think it’s more of a symbolic message.”
The Trump campaign didn’t respond to News Channel 8’s requests for a statement. Mayor Kriseman’s spokesperson said the Mayor would most likely comment on Tuesday.