Daily Mail: Donald Trump’s demand that all Muslims be banned from America has worked.
It sparked exactly the kind of furore he hoped it would, and we’re all once again talking about little else but Donald Trump.
This was no casual aside or slip of the tongue.
It was a deliberate, carefully planned delivery of highly toxic, inflammable rhetoric designed to get the whole country up in arms.
And new poll numbers indicate Trump’s popularity has gone UP not down in the last 36 hours.
Love him or loathe him, and I personally love him but loathe this latest stunt (and have emailed him to say this) Trump knows how to dominate the news cycle like no presidential candidate in history.
He’s been wall-to-wall on U.S. network and cable news shows since making his ban-Muslim comments, and social media has been predictably ablaze with people violently agreeing and disagreeing with him.
Today, it’s clear that far from wrecking his campaign as many thought it would, his outrageous plan has increased his standing with core Republican voters.
I watched President Obama’s address to the nation from the Oval Office a few days ago and thought it was dreadful.
He sounded utterly devoid of any real new ideas on how to tackle ISIS, whose military and economic power strengthens every day.
He spoke in weary tones of how we were going to beat them but nobody listening to him could have felt remotely convinced that he has a clue how this will actually happen.
His current strategy clearly isn’t working, yet all he promises is more of the same.
Obama’s whole attitude to ISIS has always been breathtakingly complacent, and now this casual approach has come back to haunt him.
It’s a similar situation in the UK, where armed SAS soldiers are hiding on rooftops all over London while our politicians try to convince us there’s nothing much to worry about.
There’s a massive amount to worry about, trust me.
America and Britain will both be hit by ISIS on a Paris scale, sooner rather than later, and when we do, our collective resolve for this fight will be put to its biggest test.
I don’t agree with, or like, Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims.
I think it’s illegal, unconstitutional and downright bigoted.
But by taking such an extreme position, he may force more timid politicians like President Obama to finally confront this ISIS menace properly – before it’s too late.
Saying all Muslims are potential terrorists is stupid and dangerous.
But pretending none of them are is even more stupid and dangerous.