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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, during the committee's hearing: "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It's not just Democrats speaking out against Trump's travel ban


It's no surprise that President Trump's travel ban has Democrats up in arms. But it's also drawn criticism from Trump's own party -- and praise from an unlikely source. 

Here are the top non-Democratic critics of the move.

1. Congressional Republicans

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a joint statement on Sunday expressing fear that the order would "become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."

Shortly afterward, The Washington Post reported pro-ISIS commenters on news sites said the order was a "blessed ban." That's similar to the reaction terror groups had to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which was dubbed a "blessed invasion."

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. questions Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, during the committee's confirmation hearing for Sessions. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Post listed 14 congressional Republicans  who have spoken out against Trump's travel ban beside McCain and Graham, including consistent Trump critic Ben Sasse (R-NE, pictured). 44 Republicans have openly supported it.

2. Former CIA director Michael Morell said the ban would make America "less safe."

This stands in stark contrast to Trump's declared goal to "make America safe again."

The travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive.
Brian Hooks, Charles Koch Foundation president

3. Republican mega-donors

 The reliably conservative billionaire Koch brothers David and Charles condemned the move, the Post reported. 

This ban ... will not achieve its stated aim to protect the American people.
Drafted 'dissent' memo obtained by ABC News

4. US diplomats

Dozens of U.S. diplomats have considered sending a formal objection to the State Department over the travel ban, ABC News reported. A "dissent" memo is reportedly circulating among diplomats. Officially sending the objection would be an extremely rare step.

5. War hero Pat Tillman's widow said the ban was "not the country he dreamed of."

Context: Why might this ban backfire? 

Critics of Trump's travel ban, ostensibly intended to prevent terrorist attacks, argue that it fuels the idea that the U.S. is opposed to all Muslims, rather than just radical Islam. And that argument can be used by ISIS as propaganda to sway moderate Muslims to join its ranks. 

Several commenters argued that Trump was fulfilling a prophecy by prominent radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who said the "West would eventually turn against its Muslim citizens."

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