Trump Insists His Proposed Muslim Ban Has ‘Nothing To Do With Religion’

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States has “nothing to do with religion,” despite saying a day earlier that his plan would involve customs agents asking travelers whether they were Muslim.

Trump called Monday for a “a total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the country, but he and his team have given conflicting statements on how the proposed ban would work. Details such as how—and where—he would identify Muslims were unclear.

Trump insisted Wednesday morning on “Live With Kelly and Michael” that his ban wasn’t related to religion and that the nation needs to “get its act together.”

“It’s not about religion, it’s about safety,” Trump said. “This has nothing to do with religion, it’s about safety.”

That conflicts with what he said Tuesday morning in an interview with MSNBC. When pressed by “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist about if he would question individuals before or after they arrived in the U.S., Trump responded that U.S. custom agents would have to ask travelers if they were Muslim and turn them away if they responded, “yes.”

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  1. Right. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with stoking homicidal hatred and pants-wetting fear of “brown people.”

  2. “To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.” - Orwell, 1984

    Really…what other response is there?

  3. And the wheels clicking in his supporters heads go:

    1. Islam illegitimate because argle bargle infidel argle bargle
    2. Islam not real religion.
    3. Banning Muslims not religious. Trump Right again libtards!
  4. “It’s not about religion; it’s about safety.” This is a wonderful inanity that makes zero sense. If Trump’s position truly had nothing to do with religion, his minions would be out combing the countryside, looking for bunkers holding 7,000 rounds of ammunition, 15 semiauto assault rifles and a dozen boxes of C4. But no one is going to look for those gun-happy bozos – they get a pass, while people with brown skin will be held against their will, questioned about their family background going back seven generations, and slandered beyond reason.

  5. Derpy D has answers for everything, solutions for nothing.

    He is THE Alpha Teatroll.

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