Experts: Despite Criticism, Trump's Muslim Rhetoric May Resonate With GOP Base

Although Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call for ban on allowing Muslims into the U.S. has drawn swift rebuke from his rivals and party leadership, the enthusiastic applause he received at a campaign rally Monday night proves his ideas are resonating with some in the party.

Trump issued a statement on Monday afternoon proposing a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." In media interviews Tuesday, Trump defended this position, claiming on CNN that "we have people out there that want to do great destruction to our country."

He did not explain how long it would take to "figure out what is going on," but he told ABC News Tuesday night that the ban could be "quick."

Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist, said there are many problems with Trump's proposed Muslim ban, but it may make sense for his campaign because "fear is a powerful political motivator."

O'Connell noted that a recent CNN/ORC poll found only 33% of Americans approve of Obama's handling of ISIS and 38% approve of his policies on terrorism. The poll also shows 90% of Republicans feel Obama has not been aggressive enough in fighting ISIS.

"There's not a lot of confidence that the Obama administration is going to do what it takes to protect America," O'Connell said, so it is understandable that Trump's message is resonating.

"When Trump speaks, even when he misspeaks, a lot of his followers think that he exudes confidence and strength," qualities Republicans feel Obama lacks.

Read more from Stephen Loiaconi at Sinclair Broadcast Group

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