A general view of the front pages of British national newspapers on December 9, 2015 in London, England
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By NBC News
December 11, 2015

A petition to ban Donald Trump from the United Kingdom after he controversially called for a halt to Muslims being admitted to the U.S. swelled to more than 475,000 signatures Thursday, making it the most popular petition on a government site.

The petition was started Tuesday, a day after the Republican presidential frontrunner called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Trump made the comments in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in California, which was carried out by a husband and wife authorities say were radicalized. Trump said the ban was necessary to protect…

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