Donald Trump stood by his proposal to prohibit Muslims from emigrating to, or visiting the U.S. during his campaign rally Monday night, telling supporters "we have no idea if they love or hate us."

Just hours before the Republican presidential front-runner took the stage in Mount Pleasant, S.C., his campaign released a statement proposing an all-out ban on Muslims seeking to relocate or visit the U.S.

"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life," Trump said in the statement.

Despite immediate backlash from his Republican rivals and a handful of religious freedom organizations, Trump doubled down on the controversial proposal, going so far as to read his campaign's statement verbatim to the sea of supporters at his rally.

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