GOP Candidates Take Aim At Trump's Muslim Ban During Undercard Debate
Donald Trump's controversial plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States drew strong criticism Tuesday from South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said that declaring war on an entire religion plays into the hands of Islamic State terrorists.
“Donald Trump has done the one single thing you cannot do: declare war on Islam itself,” Graham said at the lower tier GOP debate in Las Vegas. “(ISIS) would be dancing in the streets, they just don’t believe in dancing.”
Last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris as well as the recent shootings in San Bernardino reignited the debate over ISIS sympathizers hiding out in the U.S. and the threat they pose to the homeland.
The four lower-polling GOP candidates –Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former New York Gov. George Pataki – focused on their conservative visions for the country and collectively took aim at combating ISIS.