#DonaldTrump: World reacts to Trump's banning Muslim comments

#DonaldTrump: World reacts to Trump's banning Muslim comments
Blog: Social media users from around the world react to Donald Trump's Islamophobic call for a 'complete shutdown' of Muslims entering the United States.
4 min read
08 Dec, 2015
Donald Trump also recently claimed that Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks [Getty]
Social media users around the world have taken to Twitter to denounce leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent statements that Muslims should be barred from entry into the United States.

In a statement released on Monday by his campaign, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US until elected leaders can "figure out what is going on".

"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life," said the presidential contender's statement.

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Egypt's official religious body warned on Tuesday that Trump's "extremist and racist" speech could fuel hate and tensions in American society.

The British government also condemned the comments as "wrong" on Tuesday, while some campaigners called for Trump to be barred from the UK.

British Prime Minister David Cameron "completely disagrees" with the remarks, which are "divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong", a spokeswoman for the Conservative leader said.

Twitter reacts

Social media users around the Middle East took to Twitter to respond to Trump's Islamophobic statement, using the trending Arabic-language hashtag #DonaldTrump.

"Don't be surprised if you see ISIS' leaders dancing in the streets because of Trump's anti-Muslim statements," said member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad.

"I didn't know that Donald Trump was fluent in Nazi," said Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef.

"This guy is a psychopath. There's no way he will win the elections. Hilary Clinton will show the world what a joke he is when she wins," said Saudi Majed al-Hammami.

"The US runs after the Arab's oil and the majority of Arabs are Muslims. How is he going to prevent oil and investment from coming into the country?," tweeted Emirati Mohamed Khamis al-Shamisi.

"Trump's ideas are not new. If you read American capitalist literature you'll see it's their doctrine," said Abd al-Aziz al-Yemani.

"Trump's racism reflects the racism of the US and the West against Muslims. Thirty-six percent of Republicans support him," said Hamad al-Shamisi.

"Why are you denouncing a man who is honest and sticks to principals? An honest enemy is better than a hypocritical friend," said Tamer Bedir.

Trump's 'love for rich Muslims'

Comedian Dean Obeidallah accused Trump of having no problems with rich Arabs [Twitter]

Arab-American comedian Dean Obeidallah wrote in The Daily Beast: "There's one type of Muslim Trump really loves: The ones that make him big bucks. You see, if a Muslim can show Trump the money, then all those concerns he has with Muslims go right out the window of his private jet as he jets off to the Gulf to cash in."

Famous names weigh in

JK Rowling, the world-renowned British novelist, also took to Twitter to share her views, after some comparisons were made between Trump and Lord Voldemort, the villain in her seven-part series.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Rowling responded saying Lord Voldemort, who calls on his followers to exterminate wizards and witches who have non-magical blood was "nowhere near as bad".


Many condemned the comments as "racist" calling Trump a bigot and stating that he was deliberately arousing public fear.

American priest, James Martin, said "American Catholics, who were themselves targets of this kind of ugly stereotyping in past centuries, should reject these sinful attitudes."