On Tuesday night, Donald Trump sat down with Barbara Walters to discuss the backlash behind his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
Though many don’t agree with his ban, he said he has no regrets. "Not at all. We have to do the right thing. Somebody in this country has to say what’s right. I have great respect and love, I have people that I have tremendous relationships with, they’re Muslim, and, Barbara, they agree with me 100 percent.”
He went on to emphasize that the ban would only be temporary. He explained, “It’s short-term. Let our country get its act together. They knocked down the World Trade Center — they tried doing it twice — other things have happened. There are people that have tremendously bad intentions. We have to be tough. We have to be smart. We have to be vigilant.”
Trump also declared during the interview, "I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to ISIS.”
When Walters asked if he was a bigot, Trump responded, “Not at all. Probably the least of anybody you’ve ever met. I’m a person that has common sense. I’m a smart person. I know how to run things. I know how to make America great again.”
Trump also criticized prominent members of the Republican party and other presidential contenders who have come out against his plan. “I’m leading by a lot. They get it; they’re trying to get publicity for themselves.”
On the same night, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders called out Trump on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." He shared, “What somebody like Trump is trying to do is to divide us up. A few months ago, we were supposed to hate Mexicans. He thinks they’re all criminals and rapists. Now he thinks we’re supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America.” Watch!
Sanders added about the presidential race, “I look forward to beating Donald Trump. I will enjoy that race very, very much. But first we’ve got to get past Secretary Clinton, and I think we will do that as well.”