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Dec 8, 2015 5:14 PM

Landrigan: NH political leadership fires back at Donald Trump's call for Muslim travel ban


CONCORD - Back in the first primary state, New Hampshire’s political leaders fire back at Donald Trump’s call for a Muslim travel ban to the US.

"I think Donald Trump’s statements are divisive; they’re ignorant, they are divisive and they are un-American,’’ says US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH.

Gov. Maggie Hassan puts out a very tough statement saying of Trump’s comments.

"Donald Trump’s comments are dangerous, disgraceful, and completely at odds with the American values that we hold dear," she said. "Trump's hateful comments should be condemned by all, regardless of political party."

And leading Republicans warn Trump may have finally gone too far.

"I have a lot of Muslim friends so for me you just can’t paint with a broad brush,’’ says House Majority Leader Dick Hinch, R-Merrimack.

The Senate’s top Republican puts up a similar caution sign.

"Trying to identify it by religion while it certainly is Islamic jihadists terrorism, I think we need to be careful with that,’’ says Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley.

We’ve been here before. Donald Trump, the shock jock in the Republican presidential field calls for pulling up America’s draw bridge to Muslims until our screening of visitors and immigrants can protect us.

At a Charlestown rally late Monday, Trump defends his policy.

"We can be politically correct and we can be stupid but it’s going to get worse and worse,’’ Trump says.

Meanwhile, Trump’s loyalists line up behind the proposal and predict GOP foes will change their tune once they realize their candidate is right.

"So all it tells me is Donald Trump is way ahead on the curve; he’s outthinking everybody, he’s out in front of a problem instead of reacting to a problem and I think that’s what we want in our leaders,’’ says State Rep. Steve Stepanek, R-Amherst, Trump’s state co-chairman.

Now what do supporters of rival presidential candidates say privately?

"How the heck does Donald Trump continue to rise in the polls after comments like that?"


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