Even his fellow Republicans cannot quite stomach this one. But previous criticisms of Trumps' demagoguery have done nothing but elevate Trump in the eyes of his base and positioned mainstream GOP candidates as insiders and establishment. Here are snippets from the NY Times report.
Donald J. Trump called on Monday for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation’s leaders can “figure out what is going on,” an extraordinary escalation of his harsh rhetoric aimed at members of the Islamic faith in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” said Mr. Trump, the leading Republican candidate for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Other GOP candidates immediately called out Trump for his statement.
While several Republican presidential candidates have called for increased intelligence gathering and more aggressive investigations of suspected terrorists, as well as a halt to Muslim refugees entering the United States from Syria, Mr. Trump’s pointed suspicions about Muslims have been in a category by themselves.
At his campaign rallies, he has drawn strong applause from thousands of voters for his calls on the government to monitor mosques, and he has refused to rule out his earlier proposal to enter names of Muslims in America into a database. He has also made a series of ominous comments about President Obama’s leadership in fighting terrorism, suggesting that there was “something going on” with Mr. Obama that Americans were not aware of.
Several Republican rivals of Mr. Trump repudiated his latest remarks — something they have done for months, to little effect, after Mr. Trump has made comments or taken positions that they consider beyond the pale.
“This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States,” said Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey called it “a ridiculous proposition, and one that won’t even be productive.” Another Republican, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, tweeted: “Every candidate for president needs to do the right thing & condemn @Realdonaldtrump’s statement.”
Every time I think Trump has sunk to the lowest level of Hitler-esque bombast, he spouts more vile gibberish. I keep experiencing visual associations with the demon in the movie The Excorcist who expels projective puke all over everyone. HIs listeners lap it up and the GOP establishment, who primed Trump's base for him, are hopelessly incapable of cleaning it up.