Donald Trump Doubles Down on ‘Islam Hates Us’ Comments

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla.PlayWilfredo Lee/AP Photo
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Donald Trump appeared to double down during the Republican debate Thursday on his earlier comments that “Islam hates us.”

“Did you mean all 1.6 billion Muslims?” Tapper asked. “I mean a lot of them,” Trump replied. “I will stick with exactly what I said to Anderson Cooper,” he said, referring to his remarks made to the CNN host Wednesday.

But Marco Rubio fired back. “The problem is presidents can't just say anything they want. It has consequences here and around the world,” he said.

“There is no doubt that radical Islam is a danger in the world,” Rubio continued. “I can also tell you that if you go to any national cemetery, especially Arlington, you are gonna see crescent moons there.”

Trump has previously proposed a policy that would temporarily ban non-citizen Muslims from entering the United States, one that has found wide support among the Republican primary electorate so far.

After Trump cited his style of being politically incorrect and a “serious, serious problem of hate,” Rubio hit back again.

“I'm not interested in being politically correct. I'm interested in being correct,” he said.