Franklin Graham: I called for barring Muslims before Trump

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Evangelist Franklin Graham is backing the call by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to bar Muslims from entering the U.S., noting that he made a similar proposal in July.

On his Facebook page Wednesday, Graham said that he has said “for some time … that Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over.”

Graham made the same call on his Facebook page after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Trump has drawn widespread criticism for his call to block Muslims from entering the country in the aftermath of terror attacks at home and abroad.

Jibril Hough is a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte. He called Trump “the political version of Franklin Graham.”

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