ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (WFLA) – A war of words intensifies tonight with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in one corner and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman in the other. This comes just one day after Trump announced he wants to ban all Muslims, at least temporarily, from coming into the country.
“This was satirical in nature meant to show the ridiculousness of his comment,” says Kriseman who sent out a tweet moments after what some would call inflammatory comments at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina.
The tweet read: “I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”
After numerous requests for interviews as to why he sent out the tweet and responded to many of his supporters on Twitter, Kriseman finally broke his silence.
“For a presidential candidate to make a statement as ridiculous as he did, it deserved an equal response,” he said.
The response was aimed at Trump’s anti-Muslim statements made at the rally.
At one point, Trump told the audience, “A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United State until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
The Mayor is not the only Florida politician to weigh in.
Republican Congressman David Jolly called on Trump to give up his bid for the presidency.
“I think it’s wrong and I think it’s un-American,” Jolly told News Channel 8.
Jolly believes Trump’s comments add fuel to the fire and that the U.S. faces mounting national security issues and unlike what Trump tells his supporters, not religious ones.
“Mr. Trump has offended people who believe deeply in their religious freedom of which our nation was founded,” Jolly noted.
Political analyst Susan MacManus said Trump is tapping into people’s fear of the unknown, terrorism, and what some may call ineffective leadership in the White House.
“But no question,” she said, “He is tapping into people’s fears about personal safety.”
News Channel 8 sent several emails and left several voicemails with the Trump campaign. We are still waiting to hear back from them.