According to Donald Trump himself, he has no intention of rolling back on his Muslim ban. Rather, he explained that his new stance could be considered something of an “expansion.”
Trump made the statement in the same Sunday interview where he took the bold stance of saying he “guessed” that he wouldn’t vote for David Duke, former KKK grand wizard, but it really depended on who Duke was running against, proving that he still doesn’t understand how these things called “words” work.
Donald Trump has flirted with the idea of a total ban on Muslim immigration for some time now. Like everything about the man, though, it’s been less a solid political stance and more one subject to his mercurial temperament.
In its latest incarnation, revealed at the
All-Trump All The Time Show the Republican National Convention, Trump said the United States should, “immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper challenged Reince Priebus to defend Trump’s ban, and Priebus did so by suggesting that Trump didn’t really change positions at all.
Trump himself, however, had something different to say. While sitting across from Chuck Todd on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Trump suggested that his Muslim ban wasn’t a “rollback” but an expansion. Because that’s apparently a good thing, expanding an immigration ban.
Todd started by noting that the new plan seemed like a “rollback” compared to the previous “complete and total shutdown” of Muslim immigration in the country, which Trump proposed earlier this year.
The Donald felt otherwise, though:
I actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion. I’m looking now at territory. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I’m okay with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.
If that’s in any way an expansion, colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
All this talk of rollbacks has me thinking about Walmart, which is kind of fitting. Walmart is where you go to get cheap, substandard goods and materials that are made in China, and the Teflon Don is where you go to get cheap, substandard politics that are made in Russia. It’s the one-stop shop for all your white nationalist needs.
The last few terrorist attacks in Europe have been executed by nativized Europeans. Are we going to ban European immigration? I don’t think that’d fly with the white supremacists. Or maybe it would; I don’t pretend to understand what those people believe any more than they pretend to understand what they believe. After all, when your politics are so comically half-baked that they’re described as “anarcho-fascism” by simple virtue of you being too incompetent to manage actual fascism properly — ya done f*cked up.
Trump then went on to say that he loves the nation’s constitution — you know, that document he’s clearly never read and would probably confuse with the Declaration of Independence if given the opportunity. Why? Because this is the Teflon Don, and the only political documents he’s probably ever read before now were Hitler’s speeches.
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