Along with Trump’s rhetoric, the stakes for 2016 have risen dramatically

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Before bashing Trump’s Muslim ban, read poll showing many Americans likely agree with him.

Appearing on Fox News’s “Happening Now” with Jenna Lee on Tuesday, Paul said, “I’ve introduced legislation that’s not based on religion, but is based on evidence of terrorist activities, evidence of terrorism training, and evidence that we are at some risk of immigration.” Lee asked Paul to comment on Donald Trump’s statement calling “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” (RELATED: Trump Calls For Moratorium On Muslims Entering United States) Paul doubled down from his Sunday “Meet the Press” interview insisting, “I don’t think we need a religious test but I do think we need a pause on immigration from the Middle East.” (RELATED: Rand Paul: Stop Middle Eastern Immigration Until ‘We Can Figure Out Who’s Coming, Who’s Going’) “I would put a pause on all immigration from about 34 countries,” Trump explained. “Some of these countries are non-Islamic; North Korea, Nigeria has a mixture of Christian and Islam, but they all have a high risk for terrorism and I think we should press pause.” “We have a completely failed immigration system,” Paul insisted. “We have 11 million people who are here illegally, and 40% of them came legally but have overstayed their visa.Monday night, Arianna Huffington caved and wrote an open letter, explaining that The Huffington Post would stop covering the Donald Trump campaign in the entertainment section, moving coverage to where it belongs: the politics section.

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt.WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The White House says any Republican presidential candidate too scared of the GOP political base to condemn Donald Trump shouldn’t be president. Instead, the reaction from his GOP rivals has pretty much looked like what we’ve seen: Trump says something no politician would dare say, his opponents declare it out-of-bounds, the press covers it all, and Trump gets stronger. The billionaire frontrunner’s plan tipped the Republican presidential race into chaos, with party leaders from the chairman of the Republican National Committee to former US vice-president Dick Cheney condemning the idea as “un-American”.

Mike Huckabee. “It didn’t say ‘bring us your terrorists and let them come in here and bomb neighborhoods, cafés, and concert halls.’ ” Sen. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) Donald Trump’s incendiary – and likely unconstitutional – suggestion that the U.S. prevent Muslims from entering the country has set off a firestorm with criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. “We have no idea who’s coming into our country,” Trump said during a Monday night campaign rally in South Carolina. “We have no idea if they love us or they hate us.

The 19 hijackers came here through our legal immigration system, some were student visas, some were visitors, the Boston bombers came here, also too as asylum seekers. Trump toured the US television studios in unrepentant form, unmoved by the gale of criticism that followed his speech aboard an aircraft carrier on Monday evening. Rand Paul also used the attacks as a justification for refusing refugees. “I think Paris should wake us up to the fact that we can’t just let anyone come to this country,” he said. In my town, Bowling Green, Kentucky, we had two Iraqi refugees come here.” “So absolutely, we need to push pause, we need to have a moratorium until we know whether or not we can actually look at or immigration system and make sure we are not letting people come here to attack us.”

It’s one thing for journalistic enterprises to share opinion and data that helps voters make better informed choices, but it’s another thing entirely for journalists to appoint themselves gatekeepers. Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown, he acknowledged that his proposal was “probably not politically correct”, before whipping up a cheering crowd and adding: “But. Some candidates wanted, specifically, to screen refugees by religion. “President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees to America—it is nothing less than lunacy,” said Texas Sen. The Republican foreign policy response to the threat from ISIS and the Obama years has been a call for strength, conviction, and clarity—everything they think President Obama lacks.

Ted Cruz. “On the other hand, Christians who are being targeted for genocide, for persecution, Christians who are being beheaded or crucified, we should be providing safe haven to them.” Just last week, Paul sponsored—and Cruz voted for—an amendment that would bar immigration from more than 30 Muslim countries that have terrorist networks in them. They know we have a problem.” In announcing his proposal, Trump cites a poll from the Center for Security Policy showing a 25 percent of the Muslim population agreed that violence against Americans is justified as a part of the global jihad. Trump’s proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping prohibition affecting adherents of a religion practiced by more than a billion people worldwide. The assumption is that he’s somehow an idiot savant of American politics, the man who cracked the code, broke all the rules and is rallying voters around his cult of personality.

The Public Religion Research Institute 2015 American Values Survey found that 56 percent of Americans said the values of Islam are at odds with American beliefs and way of life. Since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds, some other Republican presidential contenders have proposed restrictions on refugees and tighter surveillance in the U.S. He appeared to make a veiled threat on Twitter on Tuesday to run as an independent. “A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent,” he wrote. The Republican chairs in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have denounced Trump’s comments, and a few candidates—Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham in particular—have blasted Trump for his proposal. “Donald Trump is unhinged.

Ted Cruz is pitching in his latest campaign ad that “we won’t cower in the face of evil,” but Trump is going well beyond that to offer an aggressive vision of what not cowering could look like. Trump is better understood not as the creator of a movement, but the expression of a popular will, a cipher through which huge numbers of Americans communicate what looks an awful lot like fascist sympathies. While such a bid would face logistical barriers that differ from state to state, experts have said an independent run would be possible for a candidate with money to spend on lawyers and signature-collection campaigns.

His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious,” said Bush on Twitter. “[Trump] is a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” said Graham in an interview with CNN. “You know how you make America great again? He said Trump’s plan “goes against everything we believe in.” The former vice president is no weakling in the rhetorical strength game Trump is playing.

Marco Rubio disagreed with the proposal and said, “His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together.” Gov. Andrew Prokop of Vox took it a step further, arguing that the round of bipartisan condemnations “is exactly what Trump wanted” and trotting out polling evidence that shows that Trump benefits from controversy.

Cruz was even milder. “That’s not my policy,” he told reporters. (Outside of politics, at least one conservative thinker at National Review has endorsed Trump’s concept without endorsing Trump himself.) Both Cruz and Rubio are playing a subtle game. They want to form a populist, nationalist party that isn’t about limited government and the constitution.” Reactions elsewhere in the national politics ranged from amused to exasperated. Trump spiked in the polls after that event, but the polls were all taken in the days before he rolled out his Muslim database idea and before he claimed to see Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey. The Democratic mayor of St Petersburg, Florida, Rick Kriseman, tweeted that Trump was not welcome in the city. “I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. They’d give a speech devoted to the topic—or several of them—making an argument in defense of the bedrock American values they say Trump is destroying.

In a meeting with local church groups in Baltimore, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders expressed general frustration with the conversation around Trump. “What about Isis, guys?” Sanders asked as he laughed and he turned to the black church leaders standing next to him. “How often are these people talking about the issues that we talked about today?” Or, they’d make the case that this kind of policy shreds American values in just the way ISIS would like, turning the fight into one between the West and Islam.

Most candidates have a layer of people between themselves and the public so communicating with the candidate requires setting up carefully prearranged meetings. And if he knew anything about the world at all, you would know that most Muslims reject this ideology and they have died in—by the thousands trying to combat his radical ideology. Timing newsworthy campaign announcements to undermine your opponent is a standard move, something nearly all politicians try to do and any campaign adviser worth his salt will tell you to do. (Remember how John McCain timed the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate the day after Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, a move clearly designed to knock Obama’s triumphant speech out of the headlines?) The timing aspect is only interesting because the campaign announcement itself is obnoxious and bigoted and is guaranteed to cause another round of wondering if Trump is officially a fascist yet. Trump did what candidates do: Feeling the race tightening up, he increased his outreach to voters by dangling a policy idea in front of them that he thinks they will like. Ryan hasn’t weighed in on the presidential campaign. “This is not conservatism,” said Ryan. “Some of our best and brightest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islam terror are Muslims.” Every GOP presidential candidate has pledged to support Trump if he’s the nominee.

He went this direction because he thinks, almost certainly for a good reason, that the voters who have been playing footsie with Cruz will be excited by this proposal and will go back to supporting Trump. I asked a strategist for one of Trump’s rivals why that person’s boss, after heaping so much condemnation on Trump, didn’t announce they wouldn’t support Trump’s nomination. “What’s to be gained from saying it?” the adviser asked. He’s the end result of years of conservatives growing angrier and angrier — and taking pre-Trump steps like forming the Tea Party and pushing ever more radical Republicans into Congress — about the diversification of America. But if the political risk of responding to Trump doesn’t embolden them to do anything beside pull out the thesaurus, then voters are apt to think that the underlying offense can’t really be that great.

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