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Donald Trump’s Bigoted Proposal Is Contrary to American Democracy

December 8, 2015 | Adam Smith

Statement by Every Voice President David Donnelly  and Every Voice Center President Nick Nyhart:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been widely condemned for his proposal announced yesterday that would ban Muslims from entering this country.

Our democracy is degraded when groups of people are singled out and marginalized on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, economic status, or other generalized characteristic. Democracy is strongest when it welcomes people of all backgrounds and views in a debate that recognizes the self-worth of every individual and every voice.

Donald Trump’s latest pronouncement, that America should ban all Muslims from entering the country, is an unconstitutional and racist religious test. It runs contrary to our American values and to a democracy based on the core values of freedom, equality, and community. It’s the latest in a series of statements and policy proposals by Trump that prey upon fear held by an extremist minority of our society that would take us back to a dark period in our country’s history. We reject it.

Since entering the presidential race, Trump, from time to time, has spoken about the influence of money in politics. No position to address money in politics in our system will ever be consistent with, or more important than, his stated intention to take away the constitutional rights of a large number of Americans.

In the past, however, we have noted these comments in the press, on social media, and in other public ways without explicitly providing context of his other bigoted comments. This was wrong.

Trump’s bigoted, racist language and policies don’t make America great. It weakens us. It makes whole communities of fellow Americans and all of us as a nation less safe and secure.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is Every Voice's communications director.

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