The pundit class and their allies in the
political establishment are already flummoxed by their failed prediction
that the “summer of Trump” would dissipate in the Autumn as voters
became “more serious” and looked again at the career politicians running
of course, the very same people who said that Trump would never run to
begin with and that his candidacy was simply a publicity stunt designed
to burnish his brand.
The firestorm began when Trump called for
a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States
until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Incredibly,
NBC would edit Trump’s remarks to delete “until our country’s
representatives can figure out what is going on” to make it appear Trump
would close the country to Muslims forever, not at all what he
This bastardization of what Trump actually proposed
then unleashed an unprecedented torrent of criticism that included most
of Trump’s Republican rivals and all of the usual talking heads.Not
since 1974 and the full out media assault against the embattled Richard
Nixon have I seen such a one sided media attack designed to destroy the
political future of a prominent public figure.
It’s incredible how many of the talking
heads used the straw man of Trump’s supposed proposal to ban Muslim
immigration permanently to denounce him as a bigot and a fascist and to
argue that Trump’s proposal was “unconstitutional” as if foreign
nationals possess US Constitutional rights.
Trump, of course
proposed no such thing.
In fact federal law makes it clear that as
President, Trump would certainly possess the authority to freeze Muslim
immigration. 8 USC §1182 states: Whenever the
President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens
into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the
United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall
deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens
as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any
restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.