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Krauthammer’s Take: Trump Is ‘Deeply Bigoted, It Is Indefensible’

The biggest problem with Donald Trump’s candidacy is not that it may cost the Republican Party the election, but rather the effect it’s having on American discourse, Charles Krauthammer said tonight on Special Report

Speaking of Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigration to America, Krauthammer said, “The issue is not just that it’s impulsive or unreasonable. This is truly deeply bigoted. It is indefensible.”

Krauthammer then mocked the impracticality of Trump’s proposal:

And even if you put all of that aside, which you wouldn’t, but if you wanted to, and just talked about the practicality of this, he was asked how do you police this. He said ‘well when you come through customs, the guy will ask you, are you a Muslim?’ And here is Donald Trump, tough guy, right? He’s going to really, he’s competent, all the others are incompetent. His answer is you’re going to ask them, is he a Muslim? Here’s a guy that Trump is saying, is high bound to come out and kill people innocently. But he’s going to be held to a George Washington-cherry tree standard of not telling a lie to an infidel immigration officer. So I think that Chris Stirewalt had the answer to this dilemma; he suggested that everybody coming through from Laguardia, JFK, Dulles would be forced to eat a ham sandwich. Now that way, I would admit, that some people will be caught in the net who shouldn’t. Orthodox Jews and vegetarians. But as Trump says this is war and there will be collateral damage, so we have to get serious about this.

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