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Trump slammed as a "chaos candidate" as Republican race heats up

The real estate mogul was criticised by other candidates for his comments about Muslims.

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REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS put Islamic State jihadists in their crosshairs last night as they debated how to keep America safe, with Jeb Bush and others attacking Donald Trump for demanding a ban on Muslims entering the country.

Just weeks after deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the 2016 race for the White House were suddenly confronted with the specter of terrorism on US soil and the steps they would take to defeat the IS group entrenched in Iraq and Syria.

But amid pronouncements that US freedoms are under attack, several of Trump’s rivals aimed criticism at the billionaire real estate mogul during the debate — the Republicans’ fifth and their last in 2015 — over his incendiary anti-Muslim remarks.

“We can’t disassociate ourselves from peace-loving Muslims. If we expect to do this on our own, we will fail,” said Bush, the former Florida governor who came out swinging to try to revitalize his ailing campaign.

“Donald is great at the one-liners,” Bush added, “but he’s a chaos candidate and he’d be a chaos president.”

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Senator Marco Rubio, who has been on the rise with seven weeks to go before voters in the heartland state of Iowa cast the first ballots in the nominations process, dismissed Trump’s ban, saying the proposal “isn’t going to happen.”

Senator Rand Paul piled on. “I think if we ban certain religions, if we censor the Internet, I think that at that point, the terrorists will have won,” he said.

Trump, the tycoon and onetime reality television star who has been the surprise leader of the Republican presidential race, has only gained in popularity since making his abrasive anti-Muslim comments, even as rivals accused him of playing into jihadist hands.

Two polls unveiled yesterday and Monday show Trump at new heights, with maverick US Senator Ted Cruz surging into second place and thus expected to rattle the frontrunner during the Las Vegas showdown featuring nine candidates.

But Cruz stepped gingerly when it came to criticising Trump, instead clashing at length with Rubio, who described Cruz as an isolationist who has voted against legislation that funds the US military and opposes US boots on the ground in Syria.

Cruz, who represents Texas, insisted that if he were president, “ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism will face no more determined foe than I will be.”

- © AFP, 2015

Read: Is Donald Trump ruining his businesses in the Middle East?

Also: Who wants to see a video of Donald Trump cowering in front of a bald eagle?

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