'Muslim ban' statement removed from Trump site after win

Filed on November 10, 2016
Muslim ban statement removed from Trump site after win


After winning the historic election, the president-elect no longer has the December 2015 statement.

A day after winning a closely contested election, a particular controversial anti-Muslim statement has mysteriously disappeared from Donald Trump's website.

As the world woke up to the reality of a Trump presidency, people and media all over the world are discussing his historic win against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and his policies that put him in hot water throughout the campaign including his stance on Muslims.

During his campaign, the 70-year-old billionaire had said that he would 'ban all Muslims' from the US - and now that much talked about statement has been removed from the President-Elect's website.

Maybe, a former US ambassador to UAE is right when she opines that Trump is expected to tone down his anti-Muslim rhetoric, and Trump's team is making sure that the statement is buried - at least on his campaign website.

The page linking to his divisive December statement seems to be removed the same night as millions of votes were pouring in for the real estate mogul turned politician.

The page now redirects to his a page encouraging voters to donate to his campaign. The page was available on the morning of the election on 8 November, according to online caches. But the redirected was added later the same night, The Independent reported.

Caches like the Wayback Machine work by crawling websites intermittently and making a copy of what it finds there.

Trump was widely condemned for his call shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 to temporarily ban all Muslims until he figured out "what the hell was going on".

The then Republican candidate and his allies have consistently defended the ban, insisting the measure was about Americans' "safety" and not about discriminating against religion.

However, the videos and speeches defending the ban remain on the Trump campaign website.

The Trump campaign could not be immediately contacted by Independent.

Apparently, this is not the first time his team has removed content from its websites.

In the past, as a debate was sparked over his wife Melania Trump's university degree, her biography page was taken down and started to redirect to Trump's golf course.

Mr Trump won the presidential election on November 8 with 279 electoral votes.

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