US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reiterated his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the first television advertisement of his election campaign.
Trump on December 7 had urged for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims to the US following a deadly attack in California.
The 30-second TV ad, released on January 4, has a stern-sounding male voice saying: “The politicians can pretend it’s something else, but Donald Trump calls it radical Islamic terrorism.”
“That’s why he’s calling for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until we can figure out what’s going on,” the voice continues.
The Republican candidate’s anti-Muslim rant had invited sharp rebuke from many country heads and political leaders across the world.
The leaders of the GCC countries had condemned the “hostile, racist” remarks against Muslims and Syrian refugees.
In response to the American business magnate’s foul statement, Dubai-based Landmark Group decided to cease the sales of Trump Home products in its Lifestyle department stores in Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Damac Properties took down a huge billboard featuring Donald Trump at its Akoya development site in Dubai following the controversial remarks. But the developer restored the signage saying that its partnership is with the Trump Organization, which had nothing to do with Trump’s political views.
The Saudi Arabian retail major Jarir Marketing Co’s bookselling business had removed books written by Trump from its shelves following his controversial remarks. Arabic-language edition of Trump’s 2009 book, Think Like a Champion, was among the books that Jarir Bookstore stopped to sell.