In a campaign packed with bigoted and unworkable policy ideas, Donald Trump’s promise to ban all Muslim immigration into the USA was among the most jaw-dropping.
In the wake of his victory, however, the bombastic idea appears to have been quietly removed from his website.
As the votes began to be counted, British newspaper the Independent reported that the statement on Trump’s plan to ban Muslims had been removed – with the page’s address redirecting to a fundraising site.
The original press release, which was released last December, called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, a ban that would be upheld “until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
The statement continued to discuss “hatred beyond comprehension” of Muslims, pointing to Pew data, and added that the ban was to prevent “horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."
Although the tweet directing to the statement has not yet been deleted, the link itself now redirects to a page with information about Trump’s campaign and an invitation to donate.
The suggested ban was among the most heavily lambasted of Trump’s campaign. Civil rights groups pointed out that banning migrants on the basis of religious affiliation was unconstitutional.
Others pointed out that major attacks on US soil in the name of radical Islamic ideas – such as June’s Pulse nightclub shooting – have been carried out by US citizens.
This is not the first backtrack on Trump’s inflammatory campaign promise, however. The last time he discussed the issue was a month ago, when he suggested heavier vetting might replace an all-out ban.
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