On Dec. 8, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other leaders of the Republican Party spoke out against GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump's call to stop all Muslims from entering the United States.
"Normally I do not comment on what is going on in the American election," Ryan said at a press conference, according to CNN. "I will take exception today. This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it is not what this country stands for."
While Ryan recently suggested that he would still support Trump if he won the Republican nomination, the House Speaker directed strong words at the billionaire businessman.
"Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces, dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House, working every day to uphold the Constitution," Ryan said during the press conference. "Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islamic terror are Muslims. The vast, vast vast vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in pluralism, freedom, democracy [and] individual rights."
The real estate mogul released a statement on Dec. 8 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." He has since stood by his words in several interviews and at an event in South Carolina.
“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,” Trump wrote in the statement, according to the New York Times.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Ryan in denouncing the former reality star's proposal, adding that United States allies King Abdulluh of Jordan and President Ghani of Afghanistan would not be allowed to enter the country under Trump's requirements, notes CNN.
"This suggestion is completely and totally inconsistent with American values," McConnell said.
Despite much of the Republican Party condemning Trump's words, the front runner remains popular with voters.