Donald Trump's idea for a hold on Muslim immigration to the United States has stoked controversy and confusion since he first proposed it in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack at a California holiday party in December 2015.
Initially, Trump offered up an ironclad ban that would affect even Muslim-Americans traveling abroad. In the ensuing months he's pitched modified versions of that proposal, and as of this week, Trump says the proposed ban would affect only those coming from “terrorist countries” with a sustained record of attacks.
It seems as if every time the press scrambles to make sense of the latest iteration of Trump's Muslim ban, the candidate or one of his staffers shifts the terms again. Even members of his own campaign team seem unclear on where exactly their candidate stands on the ban, which has been condemned by everyone from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to President Barack Obama.
TPM tracked the shifts in Trump’s proposal over the course of the 2016 campaign, from special exemptions for the real estate mogul's friends to a broadening to immigrants from parts of the world with a "history of terrorism."
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