WASHINGTON - D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is condemning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to block Muslims from entering the United States.
“I’m appalled by his [Trump’s] comments. Not just these, I’ve been appalled by other comments that he’s made. And I think that it is incumbent on members of his party to stand up and speak out against him,” Bowser said in response to a question from FOX 5’s Melanie Alnwick.
Trump's statement Monday advocating a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" was blasted as bigoted, unconstitutional and potentially dangerous for American interests abroad.
His campaign has been marked by a pattern of inflammatory statements, dating back to rhetoric that some Mexican immigrants, who entered the country illegally, are drug smugglers and rapists — but even that didn't evoke the same widespread level of contempt.
“I obviously don’t agree with banning Muslims, building a wall for Mexicans or any other things that he has said,” Bowser continued.
The billionaire businessman and former reality television star has maintained his lead in early opinion surveys, despite the controversies, vexing his Republican rivals and alarming a GOP establishment in panic over the damage they fear he's doing to a deeply divided party.
“Good, well-meaning Republicans need to say -- like I’ve heard some of them say -- that this I don’t think is representative of their party and certainly not representative of our nation,” said Bowser.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.