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If you haven’t been following American politics, then you’ve been missing out on what can best be described as an absolute circus — not because of Barack Obama, but because of certain individuals that are campaigning to be the next U.S. President.

In the centre of this circus lies none other than real estate mogul-turned-entertainer Donald Trump, who’s views have become so extreme, racist and xenophobic that the political party that he claims doesn’t want anything to do with him. You can read a timeline of events and quotes here, but we’ve chosen to speak on his most recent row for this post:

The increase in fears over terrorist group ISIS has hit a fever pitch, mainly thanks to all that’s happening in Syria, which has created a refugee crisis of epic proportions. Those that are truly educated understand that these refugees are refugees because they’re human beings (including families and children) who are trying to escape harm, and are asking the rest of the world for help. Then there are individuals in power that feel that all muslims are evil, radicalised extremists who would want nothing more than to sneak into a country under refugee status and commit some senseless act in the name of religion.

Unfortunately, recent acts of violence have occurred outside of the war zone (example: Paris)…more recently, 14 people were killed and more injured in California after a radicalised couple decided to open fire on a holiday party. It’s this moment in particular that led Trump to release this statement:

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on… Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine.

Yep. His solution is to ban all muslims from entering the United States. And sadly, many people agree with him (including supporters of UKIP). On the other end of the spectrum, there is now a petition in place to block Trump from entry into the UK — that petition has already surpassed 200,000 signatures (government has yet to respond). The White House has even said that his views

Russell Simmons — who is a friend of Trump’s, apparently — has written an open letter lambasting the presidential candidate for his comments and “foreign policy”, all in all telling Trump to “stop the b***shit”. The problem is, that would indicate that Trump and his supporters are, in fact, bulls***ting…unfortunately, he appears to be very serious in his plans, which also includes building a giant wall to keep Mexicans out of the country. Seriously.

The UK has taken some of the most regrettable stances on individuals like Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and — most recently — Tyler, The Creator, who was banned from the country based on lyrics said in his music back in 2009. All we’re saying is, if an artist like Tyler can’t come in the country and do all of the positive that he’s been doing, neither can Donald Trump to project a negative.

Content Dope staff writers.

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