Say what you want about the Executive Order Trump issued on Friday, but if you say that it’s a “Muslim Ban,” you are telling a lie. It is not a Muslim Ban. It’s not even close to being a Muslim Ban. It is not a Muslim Ban in any way. Stop lying. STOP LYING.
Trump has temporarily prohibited the citizens of 7 particular countries from entering the United States. Those countries were singled out as “countries of concern” — by Obama originally — because they churn out terrorists by the bushel. Any rational, honest person would agree that we must be careful in how we admit people from places like Somalia and Libya and other failed states where militant jihadists are hatched by the thousands. It’s not Trump’s fault that the most dangerous nations in the world happen to be majority Muslim. And, anyway, there are 43 majority Muslim nations left unaffected by this new rule. Muslim ban? No. Not at all.
There are only two reasonable criticisms of Trump’s policy, and one of them is that he should have targeted MORE Muslims countries, not fewer. The other is that the Executive Order was executed clumsily, and the officials tasked with carrying it out were not given instructions on how to do so. That’s a legitimate point, but the substance of the Order is wise and logical, and the panic over it has been, as usual, overblown to the point of lunacy:
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