Trump’s problems in the state are primarily problems with Mormons, who make up about 62 percent of the state’s population. Part of this is likely due to Trump’s aggressive, profane personal style and his lack of concern for traditional social issues.
But the candidate’s willingness to scapegoat American Muslims and refugees also seems to be playing a major role. His proposals and rhetoric conflict with Mormon teachings and instincts — their own minority faith has faced much discrimination in the past, after all.
Last December, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released a statement clearly aimed at criticizing Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in regard to party politics and election campaigns. However, it is not neutral in relation to religious freedom," the statement read.
Clinton went after Trump on these exact topics in her Deseret News op-ed this week, writing that she’d fight to "defend religious freedom" for "oppressed communities," and that "Trump’s Muslim ban would undo centuries of American tradition and values."
Most dramatically of all, while former Sen. Bob Bennett was on his deathbed earlier this year, he reportedly asked if there were "any Muslims in the hospital" so he could "thank them for being in this country, and apologize to them on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump." It's difficult to imagine a stronger repudiation than that.
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