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Donald Trump's proposed Muslim `ban` not sitting well with Republicans

Published: Dec. 10, 2015 at 4:00 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2015 at 4:00 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A growing consensus of leading Republicans are coming together to condemn presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal for fighting terrorism.

Trump is refusing to back down from his proposal that America can keep terrorists out by temporarily not letting Muslims into the country.

Donald Trump has outraged before but his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country seems to have touched a nerve among increasingly concerned establishment Republicans. Including some of his challengers for the nomination.

Midlands presidential campaign veteran Charles Bierbauer says Trump really might have gone too far this time.

He says Trump may be managing to drown out almost everyone else seeking the GOP nomination for president, but it's hard to ignore the wide ranging condemnation of this particular Trump theme by everyone from Gov. Nikki Haley to former Vice President Dick Cheney, not to mention the White House and Democratic candidates.

"What appears to be different is that these comments by Trump, with regard to not letting Muslims into the country, have aroused his Republican challengers," Bierbauer said. "And where he's certainly made outrageous statements before, I don't think we have seen the other candidates now soundly criticizing almost across the spectrum of Republicans."

The question remains as always with Trump. Does outrage translate into slipping poll numbers?

Bierbauer says it's still too early to determine whether this controversy will leave its mark on Trump's substantial lead in the polling in this state.

He says Trump is to some extent reviving McCarthyism, but says there's an old political rule that you play to the extremes to get nominated, then move to the middle to get elected.

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