Liberals are hysterical about Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning entry for travelers from seven countries that are hotbeds for terror activity until Homeland Security can figure out how to properly vet them. For just ninety days.
Even the #NeverTrump-ish National Review has weighed in to “separate fact from hysteria.”
Lost in the shuffle about all this is the fact that President B. Hussein Obama instituted a ban on Iraqi citizens for SIX MONTHS in 2011 after it was discovered two al-Qaida-Iraq terrorists were living as “refugees” in Kentucky and admitted in court they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Do you remember that? No probably not, because it barely caused a ripple in the mainstream media. Funny how that works.
But because it’s Trump, it’s a BAAAAD thing. When Obama did it, it was fine.
Washington Post writer Glenn Kessler tried to explain the difference between Trump’s and Obama’s actions on Twitter and was instantly flamed. (H/T to Twitchy for these gems.)
two big differences: 1) pause was not announced at the time, done quietly. reporters only found out years later. 2) not based on religion.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 28, 2017
Probably NOT the response Kessler was looking for.
We weren't really into doing our jobs back then. https://t.co/21n6l1PbTq
— A Raised Eyebrow (@ARaised_Eyebrow) January 28, 2017
Your first rationalization here is a massive indictment of media performance under Obama. https://t.co/7KPS8G06lo
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 28, 2017
The most transparent adm did things they didn't publish? Isn't it the job of a free press to monitor that?
— Roxanne Chester (@ggm281) January 28, 2017
And per Kessler’s point number two, as we reported earlier today…
(1) Asserting your own incompetence is not a good argument.
(2) This one isn't either. Read the damn EO. https://t.co/GRvJ4Pve47
— N. Bourbaki (@d08890) January 28, 2017
Now another few words about this so-called “Muslim ban” — which it’s not — or the institution of a “religious test.” As the National Review says, federal asylum and refugee law already require a religious test.
As (writer) Andy McCarthy has repeatedly pointed out, an alien seeking asylum “must establish that . . . religion [among other things] . . . was or will be at least one central reason for persecuting the applicant.” Similarly, the term “refugee” means “(A) any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality . . . and who is unable or unwilling to return to . . . that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of . . . religion [among other things] . . . [.]”
But don’t tell CNN’s chief national security correspondent, who last night tweeted this:
There is no basis to the claim Muslim refugees were prioritized over Christians. Fact is, refugee policy not based in religion, until now.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 28, 2017
False. False. False. Religious considerations are by law part of refugee policy. And it is entirely reasonable to give preference (though not exclusivity) to members of minority religions. Finally, (as we just reported today) you can read the entire executive order from start to finish, reread it, then read it again, and you will not find a Muslim ban. It’s not there. Nowhere. At its most draconian, it temporarily halts entry from jihadist regions. In other words, Trump’s executive order is a dramatic climb-down from his worst campaign rhetoric.
Is this clear yet? Apparently not. The mainstream media (and liberals) will continue to hyperventilate and misrepresent.
But honestly, thank you liberals, for continuing to provide so much material for www.allenbwest.com.
[Note: This article was written gratefully by Michele Hickford]