Nearly all Republicans, from Dick Cheney to John Kasich, are pulling their hair (if any) out over Donald Trump’s proposal to prevent Muslims from entering the United States. Just when President Obama’s Oval Office address was being scorned even on MSNBC, suddenly commentary is focused on the constitutionality and morality of Trump’s proposal. Hillary Clinton must be smiling and planning voter registration drives and counting campaign (and Clinton Foundation) donations to come from Muslims.
Whether or not the public will join the media and professional political class in condemning his proposal is less certain. Certainly some elements of the public will take each side; it is merely a question of the proportions.