These are the elected Republican Senators and Congresspersons who objected to Trump’s Muslim Ban when he proposed it on the campaign trail but have so far not objected to his executive order banning the Muslim members of 7 countries from entering the United States. I have included verification of each representative’s objection and a means of contact. Included in this list are officials who voiced any reservation whatsoever about Trump’s proposal, regardless of whether they endorsed Trump as a candidate or provided qualifications to their objections. Not included are officials who objected to Trump but did not issue a statement specific to the Muslim ban. If I missed any officials who objected to the ban whose statements I was not able to find, I am happy to add them to this list. If any officials follow the lead of principled Republican objectors like Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake, Charlie Dent, Justin Amash, and Susan Collins, I will happily remove them from this list.

EDIT: Since this list was first posted, more Republicans have expressed reservations about Trump’s executive order. This means mass protests and advocacy are making a difference.  I am removing them from the list below, but still including their phone numbers so that they may be urged to pair their statements with concrete action: John McCain (202-224-2235), Lindsey Graham (202-224-5972), Rob Portman (202-224-3353), Elise Stefanik (202-225-4611), Bob Corker (202-224-3344), Lamar Alexander (202-224-4944), Barbara Comstock (202-225-5136), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (202-225-3931). Also, there are three Republicans that were not originally on my list due to not having issued statements on the ban when Trump first suggested it during his campaign who have since criticized Trump’s executive order: Carlos Curbelo (202-225-2778), Brian Fitzpatrick (202-225-4276), and Dan Newhouse (202-225-5816)


Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House, WI Rep)


“What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for. And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for,” said Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. “Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House working every day to uphold and to defend the Constitution.”

Kevin McCarthy (House Majority Leader, CA Rep)


“You don’t ban people based on race or religion” says McCarthy, R-Calif.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican Conference Chair, WA Rep)


U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane said in a statement she agreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan that the Trump proposal “does not reflect our values as Republicans or Americans.”

Luke Messer (Policy Committee Chair, IN Rep)


“Banning all Muslims from entering this country is not the answer.

Greg Walden (Republican Congressional Committee Chair, OR Rep)


When Trump called last year for banning Muslims from entering the country, Walden told Politico, “This is not what we are about as a party, and this is not what we are about as a country.”


Mitch McConnell (Senate Majority Leader, KY Senator)


“We’re not gonna follow that suggestion that this particular candidate made,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday on “State of the Union.”

Orrin Hatch (President Pro Tempore, UT Senator)


“It concerns me if that’s the attitude. We may be losing the greatness of America in the process,” Hatch said. The idea is “not going to flow well with a country that has always welcomed refugees,” he said.

John Cornyn (Senate Majority Whip, TX Senator)


Senate Republicans split over a referendum on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban on Thursday . . . the provision stated it is the sense of the Senate that the U.S. “must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion.”

GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona and David Perdue of Georgia supported the amendment.

John Thune (Chair – Republican Conference, SD Senator)


But a top GOP leader, Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota, said Trump’s comments have distracted from what has been a careful Republican messaging effort to raise doubts about the Obama administration’s national security policy and to pursue targeted reforms to border security programs.

“We’re trying to take what we think are reasonable steps … but, you know, obviously Trump is going to do what Trump’s going to do,” Thune said. “Unfortunately it’s not, in the overall scheme of things, particularly helpful for us trying to come up with legislative solutions that actually will get at this problem.”

Roy Blunt (Vice Chair – Republican Conference, MO Senator)


U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, discussed the issue during a conference call with Missouri reporters on Wednesday, his spokesman Brian Hart said. “I think it is a mistake anytime we walk away from religious freedom in this country,” Blunt said.

Cory Gardner (Chair – National Republican Senatorial Committee, CO Senator)


“Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican who has endorsed Senator Marco Rubio, responded [to Trump’s proposed Muslim ban] by calling Trump a ‘buffoon.'”

Mike Lee (Chair – Senate Republican Steering Committee, UT Senator)


Senate Republicans split over a referendum on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban on Thursday . . . the provision stated it is the sense of the Senate that the U.S. “must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion.”

GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona and David Perdue of Georgia supported the amendment.

Mike Crapo (Senate Republican Chief Deputy Whip, ID Senator)


Mike Crapo thinks we need better screening for refugees entering the United States, but he opposes banning them from coming based on what group or what country they come from.

“I don’t think we should have any across-the-board bans of certain categories of people,” Idaho’s senior U.S. senator told the Times-News editorial board Wednesday. “I believe that what we need is a much more focused effort to look at whether we can adequately vet.”


Richard Shelby (AL Senator)
I would not just say, ‘We should ban someone of another faith,'” Shelby said. “To say you’ll put a blanket ban on millions of people – I would vet them.”
Tom Cotton (AR Senator)


Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday that he strongly disagrees with Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country, adding that the United States should encourage Muslims around the world to lead a movement to reject extremist Islamic ideology.

“Joe, I strongly disagree with that proposal and even Mr. Trump has begun to walk it back,” the freshman Republican senator told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Marco Rubio (FL Senator)


Senator Marco Rubio is again blasting billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump over his proposal of a conditional ban on all Muslims until law enforcement could sort out the national security threat.
“It violates the Constitution. It places a religious test. And it isn’t the best way to do this,” Rubio said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt last night.

David Perdue (GA Senator)


Senate Republicans split over a referendum on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban on Thursday . . . the provision stated it is the sense of the Senate that the U.S. “must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion.”

GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona and David Perdue of Georgia supported the amendment.

Chuck Grassley (IA Senator)


Senate Republicans split over a referendum on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban on Thursday . . . the provision stated it is the sense of the Senate that the U.S. “must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion.”

GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona and David Perdue of Georgia supported the amendment.

Joni Ernst (IA Senator)


Ernst, who just retired from more than two decades in the Iowa Army National Guard, said Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. would end a partnership between the Guard and security forces in Kosovo, a European nation with a predominantly Muslim population.

“In Kosovo, you will probably see as many American flags flying as you will Kosovo national flags,” Ernst said. “They adore the U.S. These are great partners for us.”

Kosovar military personnel would not be able to participate with the Iowa Guard in annual training and drill weekends, Ernst said.

“That is ludicrous,” she said.

Rand Paul (KY Senator) 


“I think it’s a mistake to base immigration or moratoriums based on religion,” Paul said.

Deb Fischer (NE Senator)


Fischer flatly rejects Donald Trump’s call to keep Muslims out.

“Well, I don’t believe we should single out any religion and base any kind of immigration policy based on religion,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.

Dean Heller (NV Senator)


“As I’ve said before, Donald Trump has been wrong many times on the issues and is bad for the Party. He has habitually crossed the line with his divisive statements, and these latest antics should not be tolerated.”

Richard Burr (NC Senator)


Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States would be a “huge mistake.”

Burr said, “In Iraq we had Iraqi interpreters that served with U.S. troops, in Afghanistan the same. Many lost their lives or were injured. Out of the last five coalition battles around the world, only three countries have been at our side every step of the way. One was the United Arab Emirates. How do you tell the Bahrain pilots that fly, the Saudi pilots pilots that fly the Emirates pilots, you’re good enough to fight against ISIL but not good enough to come in the United States. Huge mistake. I think that this sends the wrong message to people that have to be part of our partnership for a solution. And does serve as fuel — I’m not concern not about international I’m concerned about radicalization here, from people who are already in the United States that does tend to fuel.”

John Hoeven (ND Senator)


“Banning someone from entering the United States based solely on their religion is not the right approach and runs counter to our Constitution.”

Jim Inhofe (OK Senator)


Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said that Trump was wrong to call for a ban on all Muslim travel to the U.S. “If he had changed instead of saying Muslim and said radical Islam, then I would agree with him. But I don’t agree,” Inhofe said, noting that there’s a big difference between banning travel for anyone identified as a “radical Islamic terrorist” and all Muslims.

Pat Toomey (PA Senator)


“Trump is wrong,” Toomey said in a post on his campaign Twitter account Tuesday morning. “We should not have a religious test for admission to U.S.”


Ted Cruz (TX Senator)


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) rejected Donald Trump’s new proposal to restrict Muslims from traveling to the United States Tuesday

“I disagree with that proposal.”

Shelley Moore Capito (WV Senator)


“[Capito] has called for increased screenings and tightened security following the recent terrorist attacks,” said Ashley Berrang, a spokeswoman for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

“But banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. goes too far,” Berrang said. “Now is not the time for more divisive rhetoric; we need to be focused on serious solutions to address the dangers posed by ISIS.”

Ron Johnson (WI Senator)


Johnson has told the Journal Sentinel and MSNBC that he wouldn’t support Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration, even if he said so in muted terms.

So Johnson’s spokesman is taking a second crack at it.

“This is not a serious or well-thought-out policy proposal,” said Johnson aide Brian Reisinger. “We’ve always been a country with a big heart, and we don’t need a religious test to fix our immigration problems.”


Martha McSally (AZ Rep)


“Well, this is ridiculous . . . I condemned what he said earlier this morning before the Speaker’s press conference. I agree with what the Speaker said. This is against everything we believe in as a party and what we believe in as a country. At least a couple of the Bill of Rights being violated by this hateful talk. This is not helpful in securing our country and addressing the very real threat of ISIS”

David Schweikert (AZ Rep)


The Huffington Post asked a number of Republicans on Tuesday if they thought a President Trump could unilaterally ban Muslims from entering the country. Most of them bristled.

“The Constitution is the Constitution — it doesn’t work that way,” Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) said. “As a member of Congress, we are going to, whether it be a Republican president or a Democratic president, I think we will vigorously defend the fact that we’re Article I,” he added, referring to the statute of the Constitution that puts legislative powers in the hands of the House and Senate.

Ed Royce (CA Rep)


Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, agreed with numerous constitutional experts who say the U.S. cannot single out a religious group to prohibit from entering the country.

“It’s offensive and it’s unconstitutional,” Royce said of the proposal. “This plan does not reflect the values of the Republican Party in any way.”

Mimi Walters (CA Rep)


Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Beach, also said she disagreed with Trump’s comments.

“They do not represent conservative values nor the principles upon which this country was founded,” Walters said.

Dana Rohrabacher (CA Rep)


“We need Muslim allies to fight against radical Muslims,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa “Trump’s proposal would serve to alienate such indispensable allies and polarize people against us throughout the world who might be our friends.”

Darrell Issa (CA Rep)


Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, called Trump’s comments “an insult to our values and harmful to our national interests. There is no place in our society for religious bigotry.”

Scott Tipton (CO Rep)


“As Speaker Paul Ryan said today, this is not conservatism. It’s not what this country or this party stands for. Those who are calling for our country to ban refugees who practice the Muslim faith couldn’t be more wrong and have no place in the discussion. I will remind them that we are a nation founded on the principle of religious liberty for all, and that is sacred.”

Ken Buck (CO Rep)


“Trump’s proposal violates the Constitution, the values of our nation, the Republican Party platform, and my conscience. He should withdraw from the Presidential race. He is a fraud.”

Mike Coffman (CO Rep)


[When asked about Trump’s Muslim ban in Dec 2015]:

“As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I know what it takes to protect our country and as a member of Congress, I always have and always will represent all of the citizens of my district, regardless of their religious affiliation [emph. added],  and protect their constitutional rights.”

Ted Yoho (FL Rep)


Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), one of the House’s more conservative members, was even more critical, calling the proposal unconstitutional.


Barry Loudermilk (GA Rep)


“We have a freedom here, freedom of religion. We have a constitution that every person who takes an elected office here in this nation, and every member of Congress and the president swears to one thing, that we will uphold the constitution. I think his remarks were irresponsible … I think it’s hurtful for the [Republican] Party. I think it’s hurtful for the brand.”

Rodney Davis (IL Rep)


Said Rep. Rodney Davis: “We should not discriminate against people based on their religious beliefs – that is not what we do as Americans.”

Randy Hultgren (IL Rep)


Rep. Randy Hultgren sums it up:

“Singling out any faith community for the actions of extremists is not conservative, it is hostile to our founding, it would never pass Congress and it is a distraction from our efforts to truly increase the security of our nation. Terrorism must be fought head-on with strong but smart and constitutional methods.”

John Shimkus (IL Rep)


Rep. John Shimkus said [in response to Trump’s proposed ban]: “Religious freedom is the first among the Bill of Rights and the founding principles of our great nation.”

Adam Kinzinger (IL Rep)


Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Trump’s plan is “the incoherent ramblings of an ego-maniacal xenophobe.”

David Young (IA Rep)


Rep. David Young (R-Van Meter) says he opposes a blanket ban on Muslims from certain areas, as Donald Trump has proposed. Young says he is OK with refugees from Syria entering the U.S., for instance, but he wants great scrutiny and background checks to guarantee safety.

Bill Huizenga (MI Rep)


U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, also criticized Trump’s statement, saying, “We need to come together as a nation, not create some type of unconstitutional religious litmus test that will only further divide us.”

Fred Upton (MI Rep)


U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph went on a west Michigan radio station to denounce Trump’s remarks the day before as “a crazy proposal”

Tim Walberg (MI Rep)


(U)sing a religious test is contrary to our country’s founding principles,” U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, told the Free Press in a statement. “The growing terrorist threat requires a more robust strategy that the (Obama) administration sorely lacks, but not in a way that undermines the Constitution.”

Mike Bishop (MI Rep)


U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, said it “isn’t just offensive, it’s devoid of what our Constitution stands for.”

David Trott (MI Rep)


The office of U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, said only that he “does not support” the plan

Frank LoBiondo (NJ Rep)


“I just think Donald Trump went too far . . . under Donald Trump’s proposal, one of our most trusted allies, The King of Jordan, would not be allowed to come into Washington, would not allowed to come into the intelligence committee as he has done countless number of times and share with us how he is helping to defeat ISIS.”

Peter King (NY Rep)


Trump’s Muslim ban “really goes beyond American values”


John Katko (NY Rep)


“Instead of presenting a strategy, Donald Trump has focused on making offensive and divisive remarks which do nothing to keep Americans safe and are contrary to our nation’s values,” Katko said.

Chris Collins (NY Rep)


Collins also disagreed with Trump’s call for a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration.

“At this point I’m not ready to go that far, no,” said Collins.

Steve Chabot (OH Rep)


Chabot said Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. is “unconstitutional” and “ill-advised.”

Brad Wenstrup (OH Rep)


He criticized Trump’s Muslim comments as contrary to religious freedom, but added, “I don’t believe what he said in that case would hold water anyway.”

Jim Jordan (OH Rep)


U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, disagreed with Trump’s proposal, saying, “We don’t have a religious test in America. That’s not what our country is about.”

Mike Turner (OH Rep)


REP. MIKE TURNER (R), OHIO: Well, not only is it deplorable, it absolutely shows that Donald Trump is not qualified to be president of the United States or hold any elective office. It shows he doesn’t understand our laws, he certainly doesn’t understand our history, or even the history of humanity. But even more, for anybody who’s listening to Donald Trump’s words, those should be signs of danger. Any time someone takes a broad brush and believes that they’re seeking a leadership position where they would single out a group of individuals based upon their religion, you can bet that your religion, my religion is at risk also.

It doesn’t go to our Constitution, it doesn’t go to our laws and it certainly says something about his vision of America. That’s not my vision of America, I don’t think it’s the American public’s vision of America, and I certainly hope he is resoundingly rejected for having said these outrageous comments.

Pat Tiberi (OH Rep)


“Ultimately, I think it catches up to him. I certainly think Americans are concerned about terrorism and this plays into that. He plays into people’s fears and plays into dividing America. I think that’s not healthy for us as Americans and for our American values.” – U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township

Tom Cole (OK Rep)


“I disagreed very sharply with Mr. Trump’s position that we ought to ban Muslims from the country. Number one, it’s unconstitutional. It’s pretty clear, if you read the Constitution, we can’t impose religious tests for anything. And second, we need Muslims in this fight as (they are) a lot of the best friends our country has around the world.”

Glenn Thompson (PA Rep)


“We don’t have a test of religion,” Thompson said of Trump’s remarks

Ryan Costello (PA Rep)


Dec. 10, 2015: Costello criticizes Mr. Trump for proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S, telling the Reading Eagle
“We need to be much less focused as a country on personalities and reckless statements, and much more focused and serious on reforming our visa program and securing our borders because we are facing very serious threats, daily, to our homeland.”

Pat Meehan (PA Rep)


Mr. Meehan says Mr. Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is “contrary to our values as a nation.”

Kristi Noem (SD Rep)


South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says Donald Trump went over the line with his comments about blocking Muslims from coming to the United States. She says he is not her type of republican

John Ratcliffe (TX Rep)


“Regarding Mr. Trump’s proposal, I agree with Ted Cruz in saying that ‘it’s not my policy,’ said Ratcliffe

Michael McCaul (TX Rep)


“I don’t believe that kind of proposal would be constitutional,” McCaul said during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with several reporters in Washington D.C. this morning, referring to his oath to defend the Constitution.

“We were founded upon freedom of religion, this country is protected by the Constitution, so I would argue that there are questions regarding the constitution – which is our first obligation,” he said.

Jason Chaffetz (UT Rep)


In a question and answer session, Chaffetz told about 50 Muslim leaders and congregants he is strongly against any proposals to bar members of the faith from immigrating to the United States.

“When somebody steps up and says no more Muslims, that’s not reasonable, that’s not moral … and it’s not something I could ever support,” Chaffetz said.


David McKinley (WV Rep)


Mike Hamilton, a spokesman for Rep. David McKinley, said McKinley disagrees with banning Muslims from the country, but he offered nothing more.

Evan Jenkins (WV Rep)


Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., said he is opposed to Trump’s proposal . . . “I am also opposed to anyone trying to impose restrictions based on our religious beliefs,” Jenkins said.

Jim Sensenbrenner (WI Rep)


Sensenbrenner condemned the entry ban on Muslims proposed by Trump, calling it unconstitutional, unenforceable and a potential “recruiting tool” for the Islamic State, or ISIS.

“The Trump statement is a blanket condemnation of Muslims,” said Sensenbrenner. “If I were ISIS, I would be tweeting this to beat the band, saying this is the leading candidate of one of the two major parties (saying this).”




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