The ban should apply "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on" with regard to the attitudes of Muslims toward Americans and terrorism, said a statement from the Trump campaign.
"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, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life," the statement quoted Trump as saying.
Trump read the press release announcing the Muslim immigration proposal at a standing-room-only rally aboard the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Much of the crowd gave the policy a 24-second standing ovation.
“This is pretty heavy stuff. And it’s common sense, and we have to do it,” Trump said. “These are people who are here, by the way,” he said, mentioning the poll he had cited to support his insistence that many Muslims support violence against Americans.
“These are people who only believe in jihad,” Trump said. “They have no respect for human life.”
“Send them all home!” several in the crowd shouted. A protester, one of around 10 removed during the event, called the proposal “racist”
In an earlier interview on Fox News, Trump said his proposal "does not apply to people living in this country, but we have to be vigilant."
Trump's call, less than a week after the California shootings by a Muslim couple who appear to have been radicalized, quickly drew criticism from members of both parties, including his opponents in upcoming Republican presidential primaries.
"That’s a ridiculous position and one that won’t even be productive," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted that Trump "is unhinged. His 'policy' proposals are not serious.”