Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Wednesday that Donald Trump's plan to ban all Muslims from entering the United States was clearly unconstitutional, adding that Trump doesn't need the extra publicity that comes when candidates condemn him.
"Speaking of making blanket judgements, the media keeps pressuring me and another other Republican candidates to condemn Donald Trump's comments that caused such a ruckus on Monday," said Huckabee on his Huckabee Exclusive podcast on Wednesday morning.
"Look Trump can get enough publicity without me talking about him," he added. "Besides, you can't bar people from America for holding any particular religion. That would plainly violate the First Amendment, so it's never gonna happen."
Huckabee noted there were many patriotic Muslims in the United States and it is most often Muslims who tip off law enforcement about terrorists in their communities.
"There are many hardworking, patriotic American Muslims who bravely stood up to condemn racial Islam," continued Huckabee. "I know some of them personally. In fact, a 2013 Duke University study found that more terrorism have been made known to law enforcement thanks to fellow Muslims tipping them off by all of our federal agencies and investigators."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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