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Trump Defends His Call to Ban Muslims, 'No Choice But to Do It'

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 December 2015 08:22 AM

Donald Trump on Tuesday vehemently defended his call  for a "total and complete ban" on Muslims entering the United States, telling CNN that there is "no choice but to do exactly what I said until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

"We have a problem in this country," Trump argued to "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. "You look at Paris, you look at the carnage that took place in Paris. Paris has a tremendous amount of problems. They have areas in Paris that have been radicalized where the police refuse to go in and look at it."

And when Cuomo argued with Trump that his statements seemed "as though you're acting out of fear, not making us look strong," Trump denied his statements.

"I'm making us look strong," said Trump. "Paris is under tremendous siege. They are absolutely in fear in Paris. Don't tell me Paris is not."

But he insisted he's only talking about a temporary situation until the United States' representatives know what's going on.

"We had World Trade Center number one, we had World Trade Center number two, we had many other things happen," said Trump. "Then the other day we had the California attack where these two animals, total animals, they became radicalized and wanted to do far more damage than that.

"What's even more disturbing in terms of looking at the future, other people knew what they were doing. There were pipe bombs laying all over the floor. They had other people who knew what was going on, Chris, and nobody reported it."

There were neighbors who said they did not want to racially profile the attackers, said Trump, as they wanted to be politically correct.

"The people that said that, I think, in their own way they're guilty," said Trump. "The mother knew, the parents knew. Everybody knew. Now even his father is under watch. They just found out."

Cuomo pointed out that there has not been another major attack since 9/11, and the United States' security network has held up, and said he does not understand how banning a religion says anything "other than we are what ISIS says we are."

"We are at war with radical Islamic terrorism," Trump retorted. "We have a president that made a fool out of himself the other night. He doesn't even mention the term. He refuses to use the term. Nobody understands why. Hillary Clinton, because she's afraid of the president, because of her e-mail scandal, Hillary Clinton refuses to use the term."

And Islamic terrorists are "looking to do great damage," said Trump. "You are looking at what's going on in the Middle East, they are chopping off heads, looking to come over to other places, too. And they want the jihad. It's very simple. They want the jihad."

He continued that he got standing ovations in South Carolina "from very smart people" when he announced his call for a ban, and told Cuomo he doesn't care about party leaders and other candidates who reject his notion.

"I'm doing what's right," he said. "We have people out there that want to do great [damage]. They want our buildings to come down. They want our cities to be crushed. They are living within our country and many of them want to come from outside of our country. I am saying that until we figure this out, we should have a ban"

He further told Cuomo that he could rest on his poll numbers, which are "phenomenal," but he has "to do the right thing . . . we have to find out what we're doing. We don't know who they are.

"We have people here right now that are getting $28,000 miraculously over the last little while deposited in their account that they're using for sinister purposes. There are, like this husband and wife, this horrendous, horrible husband and wife, you have many other people like that in this country."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday vehemently defended his call for a "total and complete ban" on Muslims entering the United States, telling CNN that there is "no choice but to do exactly what I said until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."
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