MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is rejecting criticism that his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is un-American and has critics comparing him to Adolf Hitler.
Trump said Tuesday that what he’s proposing is “no different” than President Franklin Roosevelt — “who was highly respected by all” despite his wartime measures that included putting Japanese-Americans in internment camps in the U.S.
Trump told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that banning Muslims is warranted because the U.S. is essentially at war with Muslim extremists who have launched attacks, including last week’s mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14.
“We are now at war,” Trump said, adding: “We have a president who doesn’t want to say that.”
Trump’s proposal has been denounced by many of his fellow Republican presidential candidates.