SC Republicans fire back against Trump's `Ban all Muslims` comments

Published: Dec. 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2015 at 7:41 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A day after Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump said he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, South Carolina Republicans are firing back at the leading candidate.

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South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore said Trump's "bad idea and rhetoric" sent a shiver down his spine.

"American exceptionalism means always defending our inalienable rights, not attacking them when it's politically convenient," Moore said on his Twitter account.

The state's senior senator and fellow GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham was a bit more blunt in an appearance on CNN.

"You know how you win this war?  You side with people in the faith that reject this ideology, which is 99 percent. And you know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell," Graham said. He went on to describe Trump as a "race-baiting, Xenophobic bigot."

Graham went further, saying Trump's rhetoric is actually undercutting the United States' efforts against ISIL.

One local Muslim, a Richland County deputy, says few in his community took Trump's comments seriously, but it did start a conversation. Mohanad Gabr came to the U.S. from Egypt 15 years ago. During that time, he's built a career in law enforcement, serving 9 years with the sheriff's department.

"Comments like this absolutely make us feel alienated, because we feel like we're part of society," Gabr said. "We work hard. We try to contribute to society. We enjoy it. We want to raise our kids here, and we don't want to feel alienated."

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