Flashing back to a 2016 debate in which Donald Trump suggested the idea of a “politically correct police state” was “just a suggestion.”
In that speech, Trump said he would consider a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
“The political correctness is just a suggestion,” he added.
Trump is now facing criticism from his allies and the mainstream media for his comments, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said on CNN this week that the Republican presidential nominee is “playing with fire.”
“I don’t think we should be going to the mat for anybody who’s politically incorrect,” Giuliani said.
“You know what I mean?
I think that it is a little bit of a dangerous game.
You know, when you say things that are offensive, that are not the way you live your life.”
Trump, who has not spoken out on the controversy, defended his comments in a tweet Sunday night.
“I was very complimentary of Mr. Giuliani when he was running for Mayor of New York, and he’s been a great friend and a great person,” Trump said.
“But as for political correctness, I have never said it, and I never will.”
Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he had “never heard of political correctness in America,” and that he is “shocked” by the comments.
“That’s a very dangerous idea,” Giuliani told CNN.
“That’s dangerous, frankly, because it would make us into a police state.
It would be very dangerous.”
But on the same program, former New Jersey Gov.
Jim McGreevey, a former Republican presidential candidate, called Trump’s comments “dangerous and inappropriate.”
“Politically correct is a word that is used to demean, to shame, and to stigmatize and marginalize the entire group of people who are perceived to be different,” McGreevy said.
Trump, he added, “is doing exactly the opposite.”
“Trump is playing with fire,” McGrevey said.