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INTERNATIONAL: Petition to bar Donald Trump from U.K. has more than 250,000 signatures

By NBC News

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23:  Donald Trump listens at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C Groundbreaking Ceremony at Old Post Office on July 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

NBC NEWS – An online petition to bar Donald Trump from the United Kingdom zoomed past the 100,000-signature threshold Wednesday required for lawmakers to debate the issue.

The GOP front-runner has garnered backlash after saying Muslims should not be allowed into the U.S. — rhetoric that has been criticized worldwide. And by 6:10 p.m. (1:10 p.m. ET), the U.K. petition created on Tuesday had earned 258,934 signatures.

Mogul and reality show star Trump said on Monday that he backs “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Trump, who owns a Golf course in Scotland, said the ban was necessary to protect the U.S. from extremism.

Some in the U.K. say Trump’s remarks amount to hate speech.

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