Donald Trump's plan (and we use that word very loosely) to ban all Muslims from entering the US has received near-universal condemnation.

The national spokesperson for Trump's presidential campaign is Katrina Pierson, and she had the unenviable task of defending the policy on CNN.

But somehow, she contrived to make things worse.

In a debate with CNN political correspondent SE Cupp, Pierson doubled down on Trump's comments.

She tried to claim that banning Muslims was "nothing new" and "never in United States history have we ever allowed insurgents to come across these borders".

Cupp interjected:

No one’s talking about allowing insurgents. You’re talking about not allowing regular Muslims. That’s what you’re talking about. No one’s talking about insurgents.

Pierson replied:

Yes, from Arab nations. You know what? So what? They’re Muslim.

Which left an incredulous Cupp to hit back:

'So what?' That’s not the nation we live in, Katrina.

You can watch the exchange below:

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