President-elect Donald Trump removed the statement on his website calling on a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States, reported the Independent. The statement was apparently taken down on election day morning.
Less than a month after the horrific attacks in Paris in November of 2015, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering America until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Trump cited a Pew Research poll, among others, that indicated “there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."
Defending the call, Trump said in a statement, "Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine.
"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."
During the course of the campaign, Trump softened his stance, saying that he was addressing the ban to immigration of Muslims from countries with terror problems and not Muslims across the board.
By the end of the campaign, he had ceased to speak about any such ban.