CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Despite a lot of political backlash, Donald Trump is refusing to back down from his latest controversial comments.
The Republican Presidential candidate wants to ban Muslims from coming to America. Those comments have Muslims here in Charlotte and across the world outraged.
Local Muslims tell WCCB Charlotte they are fed up with Trump’s antics, and fear his recent comments could fuel attacks against the Muslim community.
“Muslims are completely outraged. It’s a scary time for us. We’re fearful,” says Mujtaba Mohammed.
Donald Trump’s remarks on Monday sending shock waves through the Muslim community.
“Calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” says Trump.
“If we had banned Muslims, I would be in India today, doing God knows what,” says Mohammed.
Born to Indian immigrants who moved to the US, local attorney and child advocate Mujtaba Mohammed says Trump is stepping on the rights of Muslims everywhere.
“We’ve earned our right to be here just like any other country or any other group of people have come to be here, says Mohammed.
Democratic party member Lulu Dualeh is also concerned.
“The hateful rhetoric that he is using, the xenophobic comments and various dangers. We understand he has a serious following, and that he needs to be careful of that,” says Dualeh.
In Washington, GOP leaders were quick to denounce Trump’s comments.
“What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for,” says U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“And you know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell,” says Senator Lindsey Graham on CNN.
All the way to the White House, where press secretary Josh Earnest says, “What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as President.”
Here in Charlotte, Muslims say they’re worried his message of hate will spread.
“To hold all Muslim Americans responsible, or Muslims in general for the acts of a few, it’s not fair. It’s not just, it’s not the America that I know that I grew up in, the America that I love,” says Mohammed.