David Jolly says Donald Trump should quit race after urging Muslim ban - Florida Politics

David Jolly says Donald Trump should quit race after urging Muslim ban

Pinellas County U.S. Rep. and Florida Republican Senate candidate David Jolly is calling on Donald Trump to quit his presidential bid after the GOP front-runner said all Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.

“While ISIS is beheading innocent people for their religious practices, Trump is betraying our freedoms,” Jolly said in a prepared statement issued early Tuesday “His brutal, bullying bigotry runs contrary to the very principles our forefathers fought so hard to defend. We are either a party of protecting the constitution and religious liberties or we’re not. America should insist on a security test but never a religious test.”

On Monday afternoon Trump called for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation’s leaders can “figure out what is going on” after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California.

Saying that “hatred” among many Muslims for Americans is “beyond comprehension,” Trump said in a statement that the United States needed to confront “where this hatred comes from and why.” He then read aloud from the statement at a campaign rally in South Carolina on Monday night.

Other Republican presidential candidates also condemned Trump for his incendiary comments.

“Donald Trump is unhinged. His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious,” tweeted Jeb Bush.

“There are folks in this race who don’t care about what the law says because they’re used to being able to just fire people indiscriminately on television,” responded Chris Christie. “So, they don’t have to worry about what laws say or not say.”

“This is reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive. @realDonaldTrump, you don’t get it. This makes us less safe,” tweeted Hillary Clinton.

In his statement, Jolly again called on Congress to debate and pass an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) in the fight against the Islamic State.

“Our national security is the only lens through which we should make decisions regarding the destruction of terror,” he said. “But we can do so without fundamentally abandoning our most basic tenets of religious freedom. I am a born-again Christian who opposes any religious litmus test that defies everything we believe in.”

Jolly is running against Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and former CIA contractor Todd Wilcox in the race to become the GOP Senate nominee in 2016. He is calling on “all candidates from across the country to join him in demanding Trump’s withdrawal from the race.”

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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  1. FrankAgain, Trump makes a good point! We don’t know, ‘what’s going on’ and we need to figure it out. Really, the head of the FBI says that we can’t properly vet the refugees, Our president thinks that ‘climate change’ causes the terrorism and has declared war against the NRA and Americans who own guns. Some experts claim that some Muslims are radicalized to hate infidels; others think that all Muslims just hate Jews. Many in Congress have called for a ‘pause’ on the Syrian migration. Meanwhile, Islamic Terrorists are massacring Americans in America. Why shouldn’t we figure this out first?mirabella@aol.com

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