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Reactions to Donald Trump's Muslim ban range from "disqualified" to "Nazi"

Donald Trump is getting blasted by critics, including political rivals, for his latest controversial call to ban Muslims from entering the United States. CBS New senior political editor Steve Chaggaris joins CBSN with more on whether this could affect Trump's race to the White House. 07:42

A torrent of criticism hasn't stopped Donald Trump from standing by a proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States - in his eyes, he's like former President Roosevelt who put Americans of Japanese descent in internment camps to keep the country safe during World War II.

The criticism doesn't just come from his fellow presidential candidates, Democrat and Republican alike. Former politicians are weighing in, as are some newspapers and even a celebrity or two.

CBS News' Rebecca Shabad contributed to this story.

Fellow Republicans

Newly-elected U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. REUTERS

House Speaker Paul Ryan:

"What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for," Ryan said at his weekly press conference Tuesday.

2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney:
"Fired before aiming," he tweeted regarding Trump's proposal.

Rep. David Jolly, R-Florida:

On Tuesday, he called on Trump with withdraw his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination.

Jolly said, "I believe in the saving grace of the Jesus Christ that I call my God. And the beautiful thing about this country is I can stand here on the House floor among my peers and in front of the nation and declare that faith without fear of any reprisal. But if Donald Trump has his way, we may not have the liberty to do that anymore."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus:

"We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values," he told the Washington Examiner.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney:

"I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in," he said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Monday.

Both Bush presidents - George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush - declined to comment through spokesmen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

"[T]hat would be completely inconsistent with American values and second and to show how completely and unworkable it would be, King Abdullah of Jordan a great friend and ally of ours would presumably not be able to come to the United States. How about President Ghani of Afghanistan, a great friend and ally of ours who would not be able to come to the United States?" he told reporters Tuesday.

But, he said, "I'm certainly going to support the Republican nominee for president" when asked if he would support a Trump nomination.


Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for a hearing on threats to the United States in Washington Oct. 8, 2015. Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson:

"It's the responsibility of those of us in national security and homeland security when a leading candidate for office proposes something that is irresponsible, probably illegal, unconstitutional, and contrary to international law, un-American, and will actually hurt our efforts at homeland security and national security, we have to speak out," Johnson said on MSNBC Tuesday.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:

"We're not a country that has religious tests. Trump's statement is a slap in the face to the numbers of peace-loving Muslims living here," Reid told reporters. "We shouldn't try to fool ourselves, this sort of racism has been prevalent in Republican politics for decades. Trump is saying out loud what other Republicans merely suggest.

Huma Abedin, the vice chair of Hillary Clinton's campaign:

"I'm a proud Muslim -- but you don't have to share my faith to share my disgust," she wrote in an email to Clinton supporters. "Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books. His Islamophobia doesn't reflect our nation's values -- it goes far enough to damage our country's reputation and could even threaten our national security."

Editorial boards

While Republican candidate Donald Trump is defending his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States, critics are asking--is it legal? Stephen Yale-Loehr is an adjuct professor of law at Cornell University, and joins CBSN to discuss whether Trump's controversial proposal would violate the Constitution. 03:14

New York Daily News:

In an editorial, the newspaper called Trump "the underbelly of the First Amendment."

"A creature of ego, overweening ambition, barstool intellect and vision that extends no further than the mirror, Trump, the inquisitor, made a lie of America's exceptionalism. Never could he take the oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution without committing perjury," they wrote.

Philadelphia Daily News:

The newspaper's cover on Tuesday showed Trump with his arm raised at a 45 degree angle and the words, "The New Furor" -- a play on Adolf Hilter's title of fuhrer.

Cultural icons

British author J.K. Rowling as poses for photographers during a photo call to unveil her book "The Casual Vacancy" at the Southbank Centre in London on Sept. 27, 2012. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

J.K. Rowling: The "Harry Potter" author tweeted that Voldemort, the wizard who is the chief villain in her book series, was "nowhere near as bad."

International figures

London Mayor Boris Johnson. REUTERS

London mayor Boris Johnson:

Johnson said on MSNBC Tuesday that Trump's comments are "ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense."

He welcomed Trump to visit London to see the work the police there are doing, even in neighborhoods that have become so radicalized "the police are afraid for hteir own lives."

He added, "The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."

Egypt's Dar al-Ifta:

The primary Egyptian authority responsible for issuing religious fatwas or edicts said, "Trump's hate rhetoric which describes Muslims as a threat to the American community is totally erroneous since Islam exhorts peace and coexistence among all humans and it is unfair to blame all Muslims for the actions of a minority that manipulates the fundamentals of the religion."

Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef:

People all over the country

Donald Trump defended his proposal to block Muslims from entering the U.S. at a campaign rally in South Carolina Monday night. CBS News campaign reporter Sopan Deb was there and spoke with CBSN. 03:43

At the White House briefing Tuesday, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, "What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president."

The hashtag #TrumpIsDisqualifiedParty began trending on Twitter, racking up tends of thousands of tweets.

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