Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaign together Wednesday in New Hampshire. Donald Trump heads to Iowa and Wisconsin.

'Should we keep them?' Donald Trump says about non-Christians at his rally

 (John Locher / Associated Press)
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He's called for a ban on Muslims entering the country. 

So on Wednesday, when Donald Trump --  jokingly -- asked supporters whether he should give the boot to non-Christians at his rally in Iowa, it raised some concerns from, among others, Muslim groups. 

"Raise your hand if you're not a Christian conservative. There is a couple of people," he said at a rally in Council Bluffs. "... Should we keep them in the room? I think so."

Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. last December following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. His comments have been assailed by Democrats and Republicans alike.

His statements Wednesday were castigated by some on social media, who didn't seem to care they were apparently made in jest and that Trump did not ask for the non-Christians to leave the room.   

In a statement, Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director  of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Trump's comments were disturbing. 

"Given Mr. Trump’s history of targeting religious and ethnic minorities, it is disturbing that he would single out non-Christians during his rally in Iowa," Hooper said. "It is clear that his vision of America is one of division and exclusion, not unity and acceptance.”

On Wednesday, Trump rallied supporters in Iowa and Wisconsin -- two states with large evangelical voting blocs, which largely backed him during the Republican primary. 

A Pew Research Center survey released over the summer showed Trump polling stronger with evangelicals than Mitt Romney did four years ago. In the survey, Trump netted 78% of white evangelical voters compared with 73% who supported Romney at the same point in the 2012 presidential race.

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