While campaigning/promoting his golf course in Scotland, Donald Trump said it “wouldn’t bother me” if Muslims from the UK were allowed into the United States.
That was a big change from his proposal in December for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Trump has been blowing in the wind on the Muslim ban issue since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for president. In May, he characterized his proposal as merely a “suggestion.”
Now he said that not all Muslims from all countries would be banned. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, talking with Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, says the campaign is claiming that only Muslims from “terror states” would be banned:
Hope Hicks then confirmed to me Trump indeed no longer supports his blanket Muslim ban. He only wants to ban Muslims from terror states /4
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) June 25, 2016
Is Trump taking up Jeb Bush’s position?
At a January debate, Bush said, “Are we going to ban Muslims from India, from Indonesia, from countries that our strong allies — that we need to build better relationships with? Of course not. What we need to do is destroy ISIS.”
Ted Cruz also endorsed a similar position to what Trump’s campaign claims to hold today: “If I’m elected president, we will not let in refugees from countries controlled by ISIS or Al Qaeda.”
At the time, Trump claimed letting any Muslims in would be politically correct: “We have to stop with political correctness. We have to get down to creating a country that’s not going to have the kind of problems that we’ve had with people flying planes into the World Trade Centres, with shootings in California, with all the problems all over the world.”
The question that must be asked now is: Why did you deceive your voters in the primary? When did you come up with this new proposal? What changed between the San Bernardino terrorist attack and the Orlando shooting to make you change your mind? What was it six months ago that made it dangerous for British or Indian Muslims to come to America that isn’t a factor now?
The question that must be asked a week or two from now is: Why did you deceive the public two weeks ago when you said that you would be okay with British Muslims coming into the country? What changed between now and your trip to Scotland that made you (claim to) revise your policy again?