How in the hell does this former Navy SEAL not know anything about the Constitution he swore to defend?
Because during an interview on Fox News with Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night Carl Higbie sure seemed to ignore it a lot, which forced Kelly to remind him that what he is suggesting is unconstitutional.
Trump and his pathetic team of right-wing bigots are trying to implement a Muslim registry that would force any Muslim who enters this country to give up any right to privacy or religious freedom they were expecting by moving here. But Higbie not only tried to defend such as registry by claiming that the Constitution doesn’t protect foreigners, he cited other times when the United States discriminated against people from others countries.
“We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion, we’ve done it based on region,” Higbie said. “People outside this country are not protected by the same constitutional rights as we are in America.”
“So you think it’s a good idea and you don’t care that this is some sort of a slippery slope where Muslims may get lumped into some group where they get put in a registry and some aggressive law enforcement actor in the future might abuse that list?” Kelly replied.
Higbie admitted that “there’s always a case for abuse in this thing,” which basically crippled his own defense of Trump’s plans. But he went down the slippery slope by invoking Japanese internment camps during World War II as precedent even though that precedent was clearly wrong then and is clearly wrong now.
“Being a part of the Muslim faith is not a bad thing,” Higbie said before trying to justify a registry or something worse by claiming that a small number of Muslims radicalize and join terrorist groups.
“We would like to keep tabs on it,” he continued. We need to know who they are, where they are and what’s going on….We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago, we did it during World War II with the Japanese.”
And that’s when Kelly pounced.
“Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope. You know better than to suggest that. That’s the kind of stuff that gets people scared, Carl.”
Indeed, being scared is exactly the reason why millions of Americans are protesting Trump right now. And this Muslim registry isn’t helping to make Muslims feel less scared. In fact, this would likely play into the terrorist’s hands because they can use it as proof that America hates Muslims and has declared war on them, which would drive up recruitment.
Higbie claimed that he wasn’t suggesting internment camps but then turned around and said, “I’m just saying that there is precedent for it, but in this case, I absolutely believe-“
Kelly flat out cut Higbie off at this point.
“You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is gonna do!” Kelly said before reminding Higbie that Muslims are protected by the Constitution once they get here, which means a registry or an internment camp based on their religious beliefs would be totally unconstitutional.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
No matter whether it is a registry or an internment camp, such a policy would bring shame to our country and piss off over a billion people, many of whom may turn against us for treating Muslims so badly. There are Christian terrorists, too, but you don’t hear Trump talking about a registry for right-wing terrorists. It demonstrates just how dangerous Donald Trump is to our safety and security and our constitutional rights. And it’s not just Muslims who are under attack. Trump is also considering concentration camps for immigrants, so internment camps for Muslims is not a far-fetched idea. It’s something Trump and his supporters are clearly thinking about.
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