WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Trump: It’s time for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S.; Update: Not my policy, says Cruz; Update: American citizens too.

“You-know-who saw that Monmouth poll of Iowa this morning and figured he’d better do something dramatic,” Allahpundit* posits. Ben Shapiro adds:

Kiss Our Intelligence Apparatus Goodnight. We need to work with Muslims both foreign and domestic. It’s one thing to label Islamic terrorism and radical Islam a problem. It’s another to label all individual Muslims a problem. That’s what this policy does. It’s factually wrong and ethically incomprehensible. Donald Trump has just transformed into the strawman President Obama abused on Sunday night.

So no, this isn’t a good idea. It’s a rotten idea all the way around: legally, ethically, practically. Trump’s supporters need to realize at some point that knee-jerk extreme reactions to events of the day don’t substitute for good judgment. It’s ugly when it’s President Obama looking to grab guns from American citizens without due process, and it’s ugly from Donald Trump. Given the poll numbers, it’s not clear whether Americans will get wise to that truth.

And as Gay Patriot notes, “Once again, Donald Trump steps on a negative news cycle for Obama.”

* Would Trump let someone who calls himself “Allahpundit” back into the country if he goes overseas? (Just kidding.)