Oh, the irony that I would be forced to defend Trump, a man I believe to be clearly unqualified to hold the office of President of the United States. But that’s another story.
The truth is the truth, and slander is slander. The simple truth in this case is that Trump’s proposed ban is not a matter of anti-Muslim animus. And, the constant repetition of the allegation that Trump is anti-American for wanting a ban on Muslim immigration is just false.
Trump sees what should be obvious to everyone: that we have a problem with Islamic terrorism. The adjective “Islamic” is the key to understanding his proposed ban on Muslim immigration. If we had a problem with Italian terrorism, then perhaps Trump would suggest a ban on Italian immigration. Would banning Italian immigration in that case make Trump anti-American? Would it mean Trump had anti-Italian animus? Of course not.
Trump has said repeatedly that his proposed ban has nothing to do with being anti-Muslim. Rather, it is a simple, reasonable policy conclusion to be drawn from the facts that:
- 1 in 4 Muslims worldwide agree, according to a recent poll, that “violence against Americans…in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad”;
- Before people who have this attitude commit terrorist acts, “we have no idea who,” among Muslims, that “these people are”;“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension”; and…
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