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Thinking About Trump’s Muslim Blockade

In December, Donald Trump famously called for a temporary ban on all non-citizen Muslims entering the United States until our politicians “can figure out what the hell is going on.” This proposal immediately accrued the condemnation of all the other Republican Presidential candidates and most of the GOP establishment while simultaneously provoking outrage from virtually everyone on the left. Both President Obama in the State of the Union Address and Governor Nikki Haley in the Republican response to it made unambiguous, if not explicit, criticisms of the proposal. Say what you will about Trump’s bombast and boorishness, there is an intuitive genius behind anyone who can engender essentially universal scorn from opinion professionals across the political spectrum by offering a proposal which nevertheless, according to Rasmussen, wins the approval of 66% of likely Republican voters and (46%-40%) of all voters to boot.

  • G

    Nothing illustrates the widening rift between the ruling elitists and the regular, productive people with jobs, small businesses and mortgages than these poll numbers.

    The rich, powerful, comfortable and useless snarl when Trump says these things but the regular voters and taxpayers; the productive contributing people love him for it.

    • luna

      Trump epitomizes rich, powerful and useless.

  • Brenda

    Nikki Haley is a Sikh convert to Christianity. Unlike those British Sikhs, she’s siding with the Muslims. It’ll be interesting to see if the Sikhs break for or against the Muslims: so far it looks mostly for.

    • V10_Rob

      The political elites in the community, maybe.

      And I’ve no doubt Sikhs in general have concerns that a backlash against muslims could grow to include anyone brown. At a minimum, they’ve probably been mistaken for muslims at least once, and don’t want end up targeted in error.

      But there’s no love lost between the two religions.

      • Brenda

        The problem is, some Sikhs blame ‘racism’ for the attacks, rather than Muslims.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Trump hasn’t mentioned the Muslim immigration issue in recent speeches. If he should expound on this further as the campaign proceeds, I bet his poll numbers will continue to rise.

    • luna

      Only if there is another major attack on the west.

      • V10_Rob

        The nearly daily minor attacks are enough to keep the needle moving.

        • luna

          Minor attacks aren’t front page in main stream media. It was the Paris attack that brought out Trumps infamous proposed “temporary ban on Muslims”.

          • V10_Rob

            But those minor attacks keep the topic fresh and alive, and underscore the point that Paris is NOT a one-off isolated incident, but a high point of a continuous pattern.

          • luna

            If only the electorate were well informed.

          • Clink9

            So you’re saying you don’t like Trump?

          • luna

            Actually I was trying to explain that terrorism is only a viable election issue after a “spectacular” attack.

            But it is true I’m not a fan of Trump or his pet Hillary. I support Ben Carson, but it doesn’t look like he’ll make it to the general election.

          • Clink9

            It’s just becoming a drinking game here now.

    • Minicapt

      Unless someone pulls out his previous speeches favouring Mohammedan immigration.

      Cheers

  • luna

    Trump’s America
    https://youtu.be/CvGhPjpJj-s