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Mayor bans Trump after candidate suggests blocking Muslims

The mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., says GOP candidate Donald Trump, shown at a Saturday rally in Iowa, isn’t welcome in his city after Trump called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States.
The mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., says GOP candidate Donald Trump, shown at a Saturday rally in Iowa, isn’t welcome in his city after Trump called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States. Associated Press

A Florida mayor says he’s banning Donald Trump from his city after the Republican presidential candidate called for the U.S. to stop Muslims from entering the country.

Playing off of Trump’s earlier words, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted Monday that he was banning Trump “until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”

The Tampa Bay Times reports the mayor’s jab was retweeted more than 1,200 times in about an hour.

Trump’s proposed ban is in response to what he called hatred among “large segments of the Muslim population” toward Americans.

Trump said the ban should be implemented “until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses.”

Trump’s proposal was quickly condemned by other Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.

Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race on June 16, 2015. Find out where he stands on four of the biggest issues this election: immigration, ISIS, job growth and gay marriage. (Daniel Desrochers/McClatchy DC)

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