Muslim ban statement disappears from Trump's website

  • Brianna Chambers
  • Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Updated Nov 10, 2016
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd along with his son Barron Trump, and wife Melania Trump during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Part of Donald Trump's promise to "make America great again" has been to address Muslim-American relations. 

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"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," Trump posted on his website on Dec. 7, 2015. "According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."

The statement, titled "Donald J. Trump statement on preventing Muslim immigration," called for a "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." 

"Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension," the statement read. "Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."

But the statement was removed from the website "around Election Day on Tuesday," according to Reuters.

Trump's list of his potential Supreme Court justice picks and certain details of his economic, defense and regulatory reform plans were also deleted, as were dozens of campaign newsreleases, endorsements and announcements. 

The page that housed the statement temporarily redirected to a page that promoted campaign fundraising. 

"The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage," the Trump campaign told The Washington Post in a statement. "It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly." 

The page was restored Thursday afternoon.

In a March interview with CNN, Trump said he believes that "Islam hates us."

"There’s something there that -- there's a tremendous hatred there," he said. "There's a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There's an unbelievable hatred of (Americans)."