Alleged president Donald Trump signed a controversial executive order Friday which prompted protests across the country. White Nationalist and former head honcho of Breitbart.com helped to craft the executive order which bans entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim majority countries. Muslim countries which were not banned are ones that Trump is doing business with. Finally, Republicans are waking up to see that Trump is a train wreck. At least 20 Republican lawmakers came out in opposition or declined to endorse Trump’s Muslim ban.
Of those 20, more than a dozen GOP members of Congress had spoken out against Trump’s executive order on immigration on Sunday evening.
Republicans now realize that prompting worldwide panic is probably not a good idea:
Among them were an array of the party’s most influential figures. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said the United States should not implement a religious test. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio said the plan to strengthen vetting of refugees was itself not vetted. And the political and policy groups led by Charles and David Koch offered their first public criticism of Trump, whose candidacy the billionaire brothers found so unpalatable they sat out the 2016 election…
“This is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “This is not about religion—this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”
The sentiment did little to calm skittish conservatives, who have already grown tired of the theatrics and hysterics. From removing the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Force from the National Security Council, to trolling news organizations on Twitter, the precedent-breaking new President was testing the patience of Republicans who had hoped he might change tactics and tone once he was in the Oval Office.
“This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country,” Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said in a joint statement. “That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
Trump has been in office for a week and the honeymoon is over. The backlash from Trump’s jaw-dropping move even prompted the White House to backtrack on the ban applying to green-card holders. Sen. Chuck Schumer was teary-eyed when he addressed the situation during a news conference. In response, Trump called them “fake tears.” Trump says he knows Schumer but it must have escaped him that the Senator’s great-grandmother and seven of her nine children were murdered by the Nazis. His wife lost family members in the Holocaust, too.
The reckless executive order was implemented without notice while people were en route to this country, then detained upon arrival. To explain that, Trump wrote on Twitter, “If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the “bad” would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad “dudes” out there!”
We’re not sure why it took so long for Republicans to wake up. Trump has acted erratically for quite a while now.
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