Donald Trump called Monday for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," an idea swiftly condemned by his rival GOP candidates for president and other Republicans.As usual the Republican Party is reacting to the dictates of the beltway instead of taking into account the concerns of the rank and file.
The proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting all adherents of Islam who want to come to the U.S. The idea faced an immediate challenge to its legality and feasibility from experts who could point to no formal exclusion of immigrants based on religion in America's history.
Trump's campaign said in a statement such a ban should stand "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." It said the proposal comes in response to a level of hatred among "large segments of the Muslim population" toward Americans.
Additionally instead of taking the statement at face value and seeing this as a "pause" until policy can be reworked to meet the threat, its being seen as a threat to freedom of religion etc .
I'm waiting to see how this plays out but one thing is certain. We will get hit again. Its almost guaranteed. IF the US govt continues to lecture people on how to treat Muslim citizens INSTEAD of working overtime to prevent that attack/explain what is being done to keep the homeland safe, then all they're doing is setting us up for a HUGE backlash in the future.
On a sidenote. If you think gun sales have been brisk before, then watch them go into overdrive now. People aren't scared. They're concerned about their safety and no one believes that govt at ANY level is competent enough to protect them...they can catalog the crime scene after the deed is done, but they're incapable of protecting them. Personally, I welcome the swing toward reality. The sobering thing is this. They never could.
UPDATE: I'm getting slammed in my in box with the opinion (and in the couple of comments) that this is some pure NAZI shit. Again, maybe I'm giving the guy too much of the benefit of the doubt but he's about to appear on Morning Joe so I'll be sure to update this. I repeat that the news media and Republican/Democrat elite have been after him with long knives since his campaign began. I'm no fan but with those people as enemies I'm willing to give him a bit of rope.
UPDATE 1: Just watched the interview on Morning Joe. Trump said that this was temporary and not a long term deal. He wants the govt to get a handle on the situation. He gave Paris as an example of what he didn't want to see in the US and said that its changed forever after the attacks. Scarborough cut him off as he was trying to explain his position. Now he's back so if there is more news from this interview I'll update again. Long story short. They're playing "gotcha games" with the man. They're trying to generate headlines.