Graham: Donald Trump’s Proposed Muslim Ban ‘Only Helps ISIL’

December 15, 2015 6:56 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested Tuesday night in the Republican undercard debate that his rival Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. “only helps ISIL.”

Last week Trump had proposed, to much criticism, a “complete and total shutdown” on Muslims entering the country. Graham said during the CNN debate that Trump’s ban was “the worst possible thing you can do in this war.”

“You may think this makes us safe, but it doesn’t,” Graham said. “Donald Trump has done the one single thing you cannot do — declare war on Islam itself. ISIL would be dancing in the streets, they just don’t believe in dancing.”

Graham added that Trump did not represent other Republicans.

“Declaring war on the religion only helps ISIL,” he concluded.

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