Everywhere you turned on Tuesday, whether it was on your phone, web or TV, you probably heard people commenting on Donald Trump’s proposal about barring Muslims from entering the country.
But what do you think?
“I think those comments are ridiculous. I think this country was founded on religious freedom and principles, and to group an entire class of people into some horrible stereotype is demeaning to them, and degrading and wrong,” said Steubenville resident, Amy Mihalyo.
That is the sentiment of many in Steubenville and across the nation.
Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich is even trying to raise money off the controversy.
Kasich sent out a campaign fundraising email saying Trump’s “rhetoric is outrageous, and it’s divisive.”
Others in the party are of that same mind set.
“This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for. And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for. Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House working every day to uphold and to defend the Constitution. Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims — the vast, vast, vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism, freedom, democracy, individual rights,” Rep. Paul Ryan added.
However, some still stand behind Trump’s comments.
“It’s not a bad idea right now especially with the Syrians coming in, and you know Isis is embedded in them. There’s no doubt about that. They’ve caught some already,” Folansbee resident, Al Anglin, said.
The White House also publicly slammed comments by the GOP candidate.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he had become a “carnival barker routine” and described the comments as “offensive and toxic.”
“People really need to consider, today it’s Muslims, it could be them at some point in time. It’s just not the way America should be,” added Mihalyo.
Trump’s next campaign stop is in Iowa on Friday.