Donald Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric sparks outrage

Republican presidential frontrunner calls for ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering United States’

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US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, in the wake of the California shootings.

His comments have attracted worldwide criticism, including criticism from some of his rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and human rights activists. 

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was also among those who condemned Trump's proposal calling it "reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive."

Interim executive director of US Amnesty International, Margaret Huang, stated that Trump's “proposal caters to the worst instincts of ethnic and religious prejudice – the kind that marked the worst chapters of US history, including Japanese internment.”

"This type of hate-filled rhetoric has no place in a society committed to freedom from discrimination.”

"Donald Trump's bigoted scapegoating of Muslims flies in the face of equality and religious freedom," the human rights group added. 

Trump called for a complete halt on Muslims entering the country until “representatives can figure out what is going on."

Last month Trump called for the surveillance of mosques and the establishment of a database tracking all Muslims living in the US.

Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper, described Trump’s statement as a transition into the "realm of the fascist."

"It should be disturbing not only to American Muslims, but it should be disturbing to all Americans that the leading Republican presidential candidate would issue essentially a fascist statement like this," he said.

Trump’s announcement came after suspected San Bernardino attackers killed 14 people in a gun rampage in California last week.

President Barack Obama delivered a national address on Sunday asking people to differentiate between DAESH and Muslim communities in the wake of the shooting in San Bernardino.

TRTWorld and agencies