CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood front group, rejected Donald Trump’s proposal for the United States to bar Muslims from entering the United States, calling it “reckless” and “un-American” and predicting that it will be used as a recruiting tool for extremist groups such as the Islamic State.
“Donald Trump sounds more like the leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The GOP front-runner is “playing into the hands” of ISIS, Awad said, by turning Americans against each other.
Trump’s message comes in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, by ISIS sympathizers and the day after President Barack Obama asked the country not to “turn against one another” out of fear.
Trump said in the release: “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.”
“There is no place for a person who wants to advance his political agenda over the very values this country was founded on,” said Oussama Jammal, secretary general of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.