Supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump who are willing to show up to rallies and physically confront protesters may favor his harsh views toward Muslims, but it does not seem that the White House hopeful's anti-Islam rhetoric is garnering much support from the targeted religious group. A Facebook page titled “Muslims for Trump” has attracted just 83 supporters – not exactly a ringing endorsement.
The oldest post on the page dates to Sept. 9 and says that the group must resist hypocrisy and the “reduction of religious freedom into an arena for misleading, manipulative and money-driven identity politics.” Trump, who has proven to have staying power at the top of polls for the Republican presidential field, recently said that he wanted to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country, drawing rebukes from both Republican and Democratic leaders in the country.
“You’ve got fabulous Muslims. I know many Muslims,” Trump is quoted as saying on the page’s cover photo, a similar pattern of compliments the billionaire has strung together to describe all of the minority groups he has offended so far on the 2016 campaign trail. “They’re fabulous people. They’re smart. They’re industrious. They’re great.”
Commenters didn't seem quite as enthused or even convinced that the 83 members of the group are actually Muslim.
“I do not know what you are, but the one thing you are not for sure is Muslim,” one Facebook user, identified as Ousmane Deme, wrote.
“How much do you have to hate yourself…?” asked Charles Schwaebe, another user.
Trump is no stranger to controversy on the campaign trail and has insulted several groups of minorities and others in the months he’s been the Republican front-runner. He began his campaign by saying that Mexicans are rapists and criminals, insinuated that Fox News host Megyn Kelly was acting aggressively during the first GOP debate for hormonal reasons and he seemingly mocked a disabled reporter's chronic, debilitating condition.
Trump currently leads in averages of national polls produced by Real Clear Politics. He receives 29.3 percent of the national vote, ahead of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is in second place and has 15.5 percent of the vote.