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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday boiled down the latest controversy spurred by Donald Trump as another example of the billionaire knowing how to manipulate the news media to his advantage.

Beginning Monday night, the national media and political world shifted their focus onto a statement put out by Trump's presidential campaign that called for the U.S. to ban any Muslim from entering the country "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." The statement came in response to the apparent growing threat of the Islamic State terrorist network against the West.

Several news commentators and political figures, including Trump's rivals for the Republican nomination, condemned Trump's proposal as bigoted and unworkable. Even so, Trump went on several TV news shows Tuesday morning to defend his position and he did not apologize.

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