As Donald Trump seeks to bar Muslims from entering the United States, some mayors across the country have a message for the Republican presidential front-runner: Stay away.
From Philadelphia to St. Petersburg, Fla., mayors -- joining most of Trump's fellow presidential hopefuls -- are denouncing the proposal in forceful language.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, used a blunt profanity to describe Trump at a news conference this week with local religious leaders.
Though Nutter apologized for his language – Philadelphia is a city where people are known to speak their minds – he insisted that Trump’s rhetoric is harmful to the country.
“How can I take seriously any foreign policy idea from someone like him? It's impossible. He has no idea what he's talking about," Nutter said, adding that if he had the power, Trump would be banned from the City of Brotherly Love.
It’s a sentiment shared by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, also a Democrat, who tweeted he’s “hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”
As Trump continues to lead the GOP presidential field, his comments have echoed around the world, and so has anger over his rhetoric.
Trump’s "ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense," said London Mayor Boris Johnson. Moreover, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, who broke from the tradition of British leaders not commenting on American presidential contenders, said through a spokesperson he “completely” disagrees with Trump’s views.
Despite such a widespread rebuke by local and national elected officials, Trump has not backed off his comments.
“We have to do the right thing,” he told ABC News on Tuesday. “Somebody in this country has to say what’s right.”