Philadelphia mayor calls Donald Trump an a**hole

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on May 13, 2015, in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Last Updated Dec 8, 2015 6:12 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter referred to Donald Trump as "an a**hole" and wants to ban him from the city after the Republican presidential candidate called for a national ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

Reuters reports that Nutter's comments came during a news conference with his city's religious leaders. It's unclear what the question was that prompted Nutter's response.

Nutter calls Trump's proposal "ignorant" and says if he had the power, he'd ban Trump from the city. He says Philadelphia doesn't have "any room for that kind of stupidity."

On Monday, Trump proposed stopping Muslims from coming to America "until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses." His suggestion was quickly condemned by other Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.

The mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, tweeted earlier Tuesday that he also would ban Trump from his city.

The mayors are not the only political leaders who have responded to Trump's proposal.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke about Trump's proposal during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

"What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for," Ryan said.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also reacted to the proposal.

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trumps proposal would be in 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," he said. "How about President Ghani of Afghanistan, a great friend and ally of ours who would not be able to come to the United States?"

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

Democrats are also responding to Trump's proposal.

"I'm a proud Muslim -- but you don't have to share my faith to share my disgust," Huma Abedin, the vice chair of Hillary Clinton's campaign,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."

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson added that such proposals are irresponsible.

"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.

And politicians weren't the only ones to have something to say about Trump.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had an out-of-this-world reaction to Trump.

It all started when Trump accused Bezos, who purchased the Washington Post in 2013, of using the newspaper as a "scam" to dodge taxes.

Bezos apparently took the accusations in stride. The Amazon CEO, who also happens to own a commercial space flight company, had this response: