Trump: 'Wow, What a Day'

He says he'll make a few exceptions to Muslim entry ban
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2015 5:02 AM CST
Updated Dec 9, 2015 6:03 AM CST
Fans show support as Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Birmingham, Ala., last month.   (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)
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(Newser) – "Wow, what a day," Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday after his call to ban Muslims from entering the US was denounced by everybody from Dick Cheney to JK Rowling. "So many foolish people that refuse to acknowledge the tremendous danger and uncertainty of certain people coming into US." He didn't back down from his position during a round of TV interviews on Tuesday, the AP reports, though he did clarify that exceptions could be made for foreign leaders and for athletes attending sporting events. Trump will also generously allow American citizens, including those serving abroad in the military, to return home from traveling overseas no matter what their religion is, reports the Washington Post. More:

  • Trump brought up the 9/11 attacks and denied he was a bigot when ABC's Barbara Walters asked him about the policy, Mediaite reports. When Walters suggested that his rhetoric is very helpful for ISIS, Trump said: "I'm the worst thing that's ever happened to ISIS."

  • Some of the strongest overseas criticism of Trump came from Britain, where Prime Minister David Cameron called his attitude "divisive, unhelpful, and quite simply wrong," the BBC reports. As for Trump's claim that some parts of London are so radicalized that the police are afraid, Mayor Boris Johnson called it ridiculous, saying, "The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."
  • Amid heavy criticism from GOP leaders—including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said Trump's proposal is "not conservatism" and not what the US stands for—Trump touted a poll that found 68% of his supporters would stand by him if he ran as an independent, the Hill reports.
  • Stephen King can be added to the growing list of people scared by Trump. "That anyone in America would even CONSIDER voting for this rabid coyote leaves me speechless," the author tweeted.
  • As with earlier controversies, Trump's latest remarks are damaging his business interests, the Telegraph reports. The Dubai-based Landmark Group says all Trump Home products will be removed from stores in the Middle East. The Globe and Mail reports that in Vancouver and Toronto, officials are calling for Trump towers to be renamed.
(Several US mayors want to ban Trump from their cities "until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.")

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