WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 — The 2016 presidential cycle has been unlike any other in an incredible variety of ways. It seems scarcely possible for a writer to pen a more interesting story than the current one, in which Donald Trump, a non-politician, was able to fend off over 15 candidates on the GOP side, even as Hillary Clinton slogged through a seemingly never-ending battle against 74-year-old socialist Bernie Sanders. From the day he entered the race, the media was fixated on Donald Trump. And for good reason: He represents both ratings gold and the sensation that you never know what he will say next.
On Dec. 7, 2015, Donald Trump added to his trend of unpredictability by releasing a statement that would define his campaign. He announced his supposedly notorious plan to temporarily put a stop to Muslim immigration until the government could properly vet the background of those attempting to enter this country. Less than a month after a devastating immigration-related terror attack in Europe that left 130 people dead, and about six weeks after our FBI director said we can’t properly vet such refugees as it currently stands, that seemed like a fairly reasonable idea at the time.
But according to the left, it was quite the opposite. In fact, it is arguably the most frequently referenced example as to why Donald Trump is far too racist to ever be president. Of course, Islam is not a race, something routinely ignored by the far left crowd, where the rule is “Throw accusations of racism around. Ask questions later.”
As expected, the media immediately started describing Trump’s proposal as a “Muslim ban” and feigned incredulity, wondering how anyone could possibly hold such a belief. Yet according to a recent report, liberals upset with Trump’s announcement could likely benefit from a little self-reflection. It turns out that President Obama did exactly what Trump is proposing—six times.
From Washington Examiner:
“In his first ban, according to a search of White House records, Obama instituted a ban on ‘immigrants or nonimmigrants’ covered by a larger United Nations travel ban. He also included those on an economic sanctions list. Most countries were Muslim.
“He cited the very same section of law that many critics of his policies have asked him to use, ‘section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.’ It says, ‘Whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrant’s or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.'”
“He used the same provision five other times, one more in 2011, twice in 2012 and twice in 2014. In those, he targeted people aiding Iran, Syria, Crimea, and those involved in war crimes.
Apparently, Donald Trump isn’t the only one who believes in selectively modifying immigration standards based on political matters. In fact, Obama’s referenced section of the law is almost word for word what Donald Trump is proposing. It reads, “any class of aliens,” not, “any class that doesn’t conflict with the liberal definition of politically correct on that specific day.”
Lest we be forced to endure the left’s classic “It’s a different situation” argument… Yes, of course it’s slightly different. But it is still a significant departure from Obama’s open borders charade, which, in the name of alleged benevolence, indiscriminately allows anyone to come here that wants to. And it is also an example of this president’s calculated picking and choosing of whom to let in based on who the illegals happen to be, something he claims to vigorously oppose.
Did Donald Trump articulate his own plan thoroughly? No. He rarely does. But the liberal response to his plan has been completely dishonest and intentionally misleading. It speaks to the broader issues of honesty and transparency that the Democratic Party needs to seriously address if they don’t want to be upset in November’s elections.
The American people are getting tired of being called racist simply for wanting to secure the border and keep Americans safe from harm. They are tired of being called bigots for believing that teenage boys and girls should use different bathrooms and locker rooms. They are tired of being told that religious liberty has no place in society.
Like it or not, Donald Trump has tapped into that frustration, and the list of people who have been completely wrong about the reason for his rise to prominence is growing longer by the day. That means that identity politics and reckless claims of racism might not be enough to guarantee victory for the left this time around.
*Cartoon by Branco. Republished by arrangement and with permission of LegalInsurrection.