Trump Rolls In To New Hampshire With Fresh Controversy In His Wake

Dec 10, 2015

Trump gives a thumbs-up to supporters at the N.H. Statehouse in November.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Tonight Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign in Portsmouth. The visit comes in the wake of his call for a “total and and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States.

Trump will start the evening meeting with the New England Police Benevolent Association. This is his first campaign stop in the state since his proposal to bar Muslims from the country.

Several prominent New Hampshire Republicans have condemned his remarks, including the state's GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn, who called Trump's proposal unconstitutional and un-American. Trump supporters are currently sending around a petition for Horn’s resignation.

Meanwhile, a poll released this week shows Trump gaining support—32 percent of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire say they'll pick him. That survey—by CNN and WMUR—was taken before Trump’s call to bar Muslims from the country.

Trump supporters will be greeted tonight by protesters with The American Friends Service Committee. The nonpartisan group says they plan to hold signs that read “Love is Stronger than Hate” and “We Welcome Refugees."