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well if you are not watching the star wars movie, you can check in on our website. updated 24 hours a day. everything that has been going on in the bull tins and contributions. aljazeera.com. angeles, on target tonight - trump - love or hate him, his campaign dominates the race for president. the donald trump alternative, behind the front runner, another polarizing candidate could be gaining ground good evening, welcome to las vegas, nevada. i'm here why the republican candidate for president are holding their last debate.
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the campaigners are battling for voter support and contributions. there's seven weeks to go. the iowa caucuses on february the 1st. texas senator ted cruz is leading the polls. adding an element of drama to a campaign dominated by donald trump. republicans, including former vice president dick chain ci criticized the plan from entering the united states. the numbers in the polls have gone up since he made the proposal in the days following the rampage. it's another example of how candidates can benefit, using the politics of fear. david shuster has the story. >> reporter: in the wake. i.s.i.l.-inspired rampage, amid concerns that attacks are coming, president obama urged americans not to overreact. >> let's not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear.
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>> soothing public fear about violence can be difficult. less than 24 hours later, donald trump went the other way. >> we can be politically correct or stupid. it will get worse and worse. >> as dramatic about trump's rhetoric may seem. in this campaign, the ex-ploy takes of fear has been growing. >> i want surveillance of certain mosques, if that's okay. i wants surveillance. >> do you know what, we had this before. we'll have it again. >> i would not advocate that we put a muslim in charge of the that. >> reporter: some point out in the early context the sentiment could be beneficial. >> particularly in states like iowa and south carolina, where you have a lot of white evangelical christians, a lot of those voters are likely to be
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among the voters suspicious of islam, not just as - you know, not sufficient islamic terrorists, but the religion as a whole. >> after 9/11, the bush administration sold america on a war against iraq by warning of attacks in the u.s. homeland involving weapons of maz destruction. >> we cannot wait tore the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mush video room cloud. >> democrat hillary clinton seemed to stoke claims about president obama's faith. >> we are implying there's nothing to base that on. >> and clinton tried to ratchet up fears about the lack of experience, famously in this television ad. >> 3:00a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. but there's a phone in the white
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house, and it's ringing. something's happening in the world. your vote will decide who answers that call the danger for donald trump in this campaign is that fear can go both ways. and he faces the republican establishment that is arguing americans have reason to fear him nowhere is the fear of trump's rhetoric greater than in the muslim communities, including the suburb of dear born michigan. arab americans make up a third of the population, and the proposed ban of muslims entering the united states outraging residents and have others worried about safety. >> hayry, buddy. >> mohammed says he doesn't have to leave his father's middle eastern bakery to feel he's under scrutiny as a muslim. >> making us look bad. everyone will be scared of us because of what two people are
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doing or what trump is saying. >> in the latest community, reaction to donald trump's call to block muslims entering the united states was swift. with many alarmed at the tone of his campaign. >> if he gets elected, it will affect us all. >> trump's comments are a stark departure from the ideals that many in deer born believe america stands for. >> it is for everyone. for every division. >> roosh eata works closely. >> it dehumanizes us, when you talk about a database of american muslim. targetting someone based on faith. you are making them less equal to you. >> donald trump is playing into fearing that lues limit will carry out attacks on americans. that is unfair.
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he says mass killings by muslims pail into comparison to murders commit by non-muslims. so white lives matter or colorado springs or situations in movie theatres, shopping malls, schools, churches, et cetera. testifieds to the fact that there's a problem in the united states. the fact that muslims committed acts is not something that should be avoided or dismissed. one has to look at the percentages and see what the country. >> communities like these have seen a rise in threats and crimes against muslims in the paris. >> i'm not scared for myself, but my mother and sisters. >> reporter: he does not see it getting better soon. >> it is going downhill. >> what will you do? >> do what i do. we can't live scared for the
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rest of our lives. another argument. another argument is billionaire candidates. it may hurt security. others say trump is hurting the enemy that america is fighting. jamie mcintyre reports they can never ever ever ever come back. it's over. at the white house donald trump's anti-muslim rhetoric was portrayed as tantamount to aiding and abetting the enemy. the spokesman said it would be harder to battle those on the ground in syria. >> anything that creates tensions and the notion that the united states is at odds with the muslim faith and islam. and it would be counterproductive to our efforts right now.
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and totally contrary to our values. in iraq trump's called for a cox pleat ban on muslims entering the united states as this baghdad shopkeeper has been shaking its head. >> it's an idea, the remarks are wrong, it increases ranger and rate red. causing a rift between muslims and christians there.. >> they have no respect for human life. >> before donald trump's remarks drew fire from all side. president barack obama said the talk of imposing a test of refugees entering the u.s. was giving a tactical victory in the battle of ideas. >> i cannot think of a more poetant recruitment tool for i.s.i.l. than some of the rhetoric coming out of the here during the course of this debate. >> prominent muslim groups are outraged.
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>> he and others are playing into the hands of i.s.i.s. this is exactly what i.s.i.s. wants from americans. to turn against each other. for that, donald trump and other candidates who are targetting american muslims are doing great service to i.s.i.s. the ones that were found as common enemy. >> jeh johnson, appearing with a local imam, at the same time trump was addressing his supporters, says trump's vilification of muslims is damaging, because it comes not from a fringe candidate, and from a front runner. >> when a leading candidate proposes something that is irresponsible. illegal and unconstitutional. un-american, and will actually hurt our efforts at homeland security and national security,
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we have to mistake out coming up, calm him teflon don - why no criticism of donald trump seems to stick. you'll hear from some die hard supporters, why they are standing by their man. and the extreme lengths some go to to show disapproval of brash americans. that's next. >> the only live national news show at 11:00 eastern. >> we start with breaking news. >> let's take a closer look.
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>> every day is another chance to be strong. >> i can't get bent down because my family's lookin' at me. >> to rise, to fight and to not give up. >> you're gonna go to school so you don't have to go war. >> hard earned pride. hard earned respect. hard earned future. >> we can not afford for one of us to lose a job.
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we're just a family that's trying to make it. >> a real look at the american dream. "hard earned". sunday, 10:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america. welcome back to las vegas, the site of the presidential debate. donald trump's appeal to voters is unshakeable. andy gallagher talked to trump supporters. >> when it comes to u.s. elections, few states are pivotal like the state of florida. voters have put democratic candidates in congress for years. they talk to two republicans why they think donald trump is the
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2016. >> how are you. >> nice to see you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> for sid, who has been active in republican party politics for years, there's no doubt that donald trump is the right candidate at the right moment in u.s. politics. >> he has taken a sledgehammer to 30 years of political sworn 27 march, and just shattered it. being safe when you feel unsafe comes way before paying for your college education. that's what is going on in the country. and he's probably going to be the next president, and will be better off for it. >> ken who describes himself as a conservative doesn't always agree with mr trump's rhetoric, but thinks the leading candidate will make a strong president.
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leader. >> we will see a completely different attitude taken around the world. will everyone love him? no. will everyone respect him? they better. they better. because that's what you need to be. being loved is not the point. being respected is the point. >> we have to figure it out. we can't live like this. >> donald trump prompted an outcry over his recent comments. with the first primary approaching. he is in a strong position, and with the support of voters like ken and sid, his control of the narrative continues to dominate headlines around the world. >> that support for donald trump is in contrast from the international fall out about the comments about muslims. in the u.k., a petition circulated to ban trump entering the country. >> he insists he's not racist.
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but donald trump's latest comments are being interpreted that way. >> donald trump is call for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> reporter: so inflammatory was his statement that prominent leaders felt the need to respond. in france, it was written: in israel where mr trump was due to visit, this statement: trump cancelled his trip and in britain, david cameron dismissed miss position as: now, a petition calling to ban mr trump from travelling to the u.k. gathered thousands of signatures, enough to ensure parliament would consider the issue for debate.
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politicians are pressuring the government to act. >> it's my understanding that the home secretary banned the features from entering the u.k. will the government lead by example. >> hear, hear. >> i think the best way to confront the views of someone like donald trump is to engage in a robust democratic argument with him about why he is profoundly wrong, rather than ban presidential candidates. >> the billionaire owns luxury goal courses and hotels in scotland. he was a business ambassador. that status has been revoked. and the honorary degree has been stripped friday him. >> the government banned hundreds of people from entering the hoouk on the grounds of unanticipatable behaviour or expressing views that foster hate red. but never a u.s. republican candidate.
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for the thousands that sign the petition, they believe the rules should apply whether a person is rich or poor, week or powerful. >> donald trump's plan to ban muslims entering america did not go over very well in the neighbourhood he called home. mary snow visits the streets of up. >> these are the new faces in donald trump's old neighbourhood. the islamic center is a few blocks from the childhood home in jamaica estate, queens. it makes trump's call to ban muslim travel to the u.s. stinging for the men gathering to say mourning prayers. >> he's as american as a new yorker. when i heard it, it's really heart-breaking that someone new yorker talks like this.
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people are shocked. their hearts are breaking. >> 2.3 million live here, half born. >> in a sign of growing muslim population, there's 93 mosques in queens alone. the trump family name is visible, on the treat where the presidential candidate grew up. neighbours say most of the neighbours were white when trump was here. nearby store fronts show how much that has changes. one neighbour who didn't want to go on camera told us that trump has not changed with the world. stan lived here for 50 years. your reaction to what he said the other day? >> the reaction is he's a fear mongerer, he's making it worse
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for people in the country fighting i.s.i.s. along with condemn nation, there is concern. leaders of the mosque say they've installed security cameras, and with donald trump becoming more of the conversation they have this message. visit, see who we are. how can you make a statement without knowing. >> coming up, the man that might be the top republican alternative. another defeat not afraid to
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"america tonight" after on target. we're back in las vegas, an alternative to donald trump is rising fasts of the if you believe in the polls, it is now the defeat in iowa. cruz has support in primary states, he does not have a lot of backing in washington. and his stance on some issues may prove as polarizing as trump. david shuster has more. >> reporter: ted cruz, the fair ban senator from texas and darling of the right entered and announced a bid this year. >> i am announcing that i'm running for president of the united states. [ cheering ] cruz is fame nows for his role in a government shutdown in 2013 and ingam nows 21 -- infamous 21 hour filibuster.
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and at one point he read from his daughter's book "that sam i , that sam i am, i do not like that sam i am." critics say the grandstanding accomplished nothing. and that he grandstands for his own purposes. he compared senate republicans who said obama care could not be refunded to nazi apiecers. >> i suspect the pundits, if it had been in the 1940s, then it made television. >> it infuriated many of his colleagues, including john mccain. >> i resoundingly rejected that allegation. mccain isn't the only high railing republicans that crust clashed with.
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>> particularly warning of false profits. is ted cruz a false profit. >> it's a lot of games. i let you choose them. >> you don't dispute that. fundraiser. >> in those comments in august, bainer called senator cruz a jack ass. cruz takes it as being different from the left. as reiterated in a town hall meeting in october. others choose to throw rocks. i have not responded. >> controversy extends to crews's background. he was born in canada to an american mother and cuban father citizenship. >> i'm the son of an immigrant father, fleeing oppression in
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cuba and came to this country. >> reporter: he had dual citizenship, but he announced citizenship. >> i was asked i said sure. >> reporter: the media took his outsiders distance and ran with it. megan country three one of the first bunches in 2013. what is it like to be the moment hated man in america? >> and the headlines keep on coming. 'washington post' declares a lot of people don't like ted cruz, how many that's okay with him. >> politico - the idea of cruz as the nominee makes fellow senators shudder. >> there's nothing like the warm embrace of the media. >> cruz told megyn kelly, that is why he's special. >> if you are looking for a candidate embraced by the washington political elite. i ain't your guy. >> much of the support for
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senator ted cruz comes from a powerful voting block. political haven't went to iowa surge. >> i believe in the power... >> in an unprecedented surge, texas senator ted cruz is at the top of iowa polls. >> it's historic amazing. jennifer jacobs is the chief political reporter. points. >> people started to realising there are some weaknesses. they don't think he has the temperament to be president. >> abortion, along with marriage equality, and what they call religious liberty is of importance to iowa's strong evangelical voting block. >> is there any wiggle room on the issues for the voters? >> for the evangelical voter, no, i don't think there is a lot of wiggle room.
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>> pastor warren heads the assembly, 300 parishioners in demoyne. some others tried to influence, hunts burger doesn't see making decisions on voting as part of his job or paul it. >> give them tools. i try to suggest ways to help him. >> will you tell them who you are voting for? >> never. they'd never hear that from me, on purpose. >> he does welcome candidates to his church. something that ted cruz and carlie fiorina did. it brings up the issue of separation of church and state. >> it's crazy for us to think anyway of us can be strated flow our faith or values. >> in 2008 mike huckabee won and in 2012 rick santorum.
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both are not polling enough to put it on the stage. >> the founder of the christian coalition finished second in iowa, i alerting the apart i to an untapped voting block. >> these are faithful kauk goers. >> they don't miss church on sunday. republican candidates know that well and that's the show for today, i'm ali velshi in los angeles. the news continues here >> we're here to fully get into the nuances of everything that's going on, not just in this country but around the world. getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target.
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