Watch: White House 'disqualifies' Trump

Press secretary says call to ban Muslim entry is 'disqualifying,' Republicans who don't renounce support pledges 'also disqualified.'

Ari Yashar,

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal Monday to ban entry to the US for Muslims "disqualifying," and went on to use the opportunity to slam the entire Republican party.

"What he said is disqualifying," said Earnest. Noting on how other Republican candidates have been obligated to vow their support to any Republican candidate - including Trump - who gets the nomination, he added: "any Republican who's too fearful of the Republican base to admit it has no business serving as president either."

Slamming Trump's "carnival barker" campaign and his "fake hair," Earnest said the real estate mogul's plan is "entirely inconsistent with the values enshrined in our Constitution."

"The question now is about the rest of the Republican Party and whether or not they're going to be dragged into the dust-bin of history with him," he said.

Republican leaders have already slammed Trump's remarks, with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday saying the comments are "not who we are as a party," and candidates such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio lambasting the plan as unserious and divisive.

But Earnest insisted the candidates had to buck party protocol and revoke their promise to back Trump if he wins the Republican presidential race in order not to be "disqualified" as well in his book.

"If they are so cowed by Mr. Trump and his supporters that they are not willing to stand by the values enshrined in the Constitution, then they have no business serving as president of the United States themselves," said the secretary.

Trump was unapologetic on Tuesday, defending his comments on CNN and saying, "you're going to have many more World Trade Centers if you don't solve it (Muslim terror - ed.) - many, many more and probably beyond the World Trade Center."

He also criticized US President Barack Obama, saying he refuses to acknowledge America is "at war with radical Islamic terrorism."

"We have a President that made a fool out of himself the other night," Trump said of Obama's comments Sunday night regarding the Islamic State (ISIS) California shootings. "He doesn't even mention the term. He refuses to use the term. Nobody understands why. If you're not going to even use the term, you're never going to solve the problems."




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