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The Lid: Trump's Muslim 'Shutdown' and the Politics of Fear

The responses from even Trump’s GOP competitors have been fast and furious.
Image: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa on Dec. 5.MARK KAUZLARICH / Reuters, file

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Kim Kardashian and Kanye West revealed Monday that they will name their son Saint West, so we could theoretically have both Yeezus and a Saint in the White House come 2021.


BREAKING: Donald Trump said in a statement Monday afternoon that he’s 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.” The proclamation came less than 24 hours after President Obama addressed the nation about the threat of ISIS, urging Americans “to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country” and to resist discrimination against all Muslims. And the responses from even Trump’s GOP competitors have been fast and furious, with even Ted Cruz - usually a reliable Trump defender - saying that “that is not my policy.” Still, what percentage of Trump supporters agree with their candidate here? We’re going to say: Probably most, and those will remain as loyal as ever.

‘16 from 30,000: And speaking of terror and fear, don’t miss this poll number from over the weekend that tells us a lot about not just 2016, but about WHY there is so much insecurity in America right now. Asked in a new msnbc/Telemundo/Marist poll what worries them the most, Americans were split, with 36 percent saying they’re most worried about a terror attack, 31 percent citing gun violence and an additional 17 percent noting police brutality. But the partisan divisions in those numbers are really striking. Sixty percent of Republicans say they’re most worried they’ll be a victim of terrorism, while just 22 percent of Democrats say the same. But a plurality of Democrats - 40 percent - are most worried about being a victim of gun violence, while just 20 percent of Republicans say that. And here’s the most striking statistic, perhaps: four-in-ten African-Americans say they are MOST worried about being a victim of police brutality, while just one in ten whites agree. If you’re wondering why it seems like different groups are talking past each other (“Democrats won’t keep us safe!” “Republicans refuse to budge on guns!” “Black Lives Matter!” “No, all lives matter!”), it’s because they perceive threats and fears very, very differently.


Here's a wrap from one of us(!) on Trump's comments about Muslims and reaction from the campaign trail.

Ted Cruz is leading in a new Monmouth University poll of likely GOP Iowa caucus-goers.

Bernie Sanders unveiled his climate change plan.

A new msnbc/Telemundo/Marist poll shows that majority of Americans - and an even bigger majority of Latinos - think that Donald Trump is hurting the GOP brand.

Hillary Clinton is thumping Donald Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.

The Supreme Court won’t take up a challenge to a Highland Park, Ill., law banning the sale, purchase or possession of certain types of semi-automatic weapons.

Though Republican White House hopefuls have been slamming the president’s ISIS strategy, they have yet to act on the Congressional process that could give them some say in the matter.


The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib looks at whether it’s even possible for Washington to unite on how to fight ISIS.


“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad.”

  • Donald Trump statement on barring all Muslims from entering the U.S.


Bernie Sanders will meet with African-American religious and civil leaders in Baltimore.

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are both in New Hampshire.

Ben Carson holds a rally in Atlanta.

Rick Santorum makes four stops in Iowa.

John Kasich holds a town hall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.