After Donald Trump, during his predictably xenophobic "major foreign policy" address, announced that he would enact "extreme vetting" of immigrants, a lot of people have one question on their minds: Could he pass a naturalization test himself?
Khizr Khan, father of slain U.S. war hero Capt. Humayun Khan, criticized the Republican nominee’s remarks, challenging him to take the test himself:
“This is my country too,” Khan told The Huffington Post in an email. “We must make it safe — as Muslim Americans it is our obligation to keep our country safe. We reject all violence. We support better immigration policies. We stand as a testament to assimilation and being part of patriotic America as anyone else.”
“I challenge Trump to take the naturalization test with me any day. His is demagoguery and pandering for vote. A divider like Trump can never be the steward of this country,” he added.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid response to Trump’s “extreme vetting” echoed Khan’s comments:
“He would almost certainly fail, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles and function of our government. The fact is, Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society who has earned nothing and helped no one.”
The primary motive of “ideological” vetting of immigrants, according to Trump, would be to “screen out any who have hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles.”
Considering this, Trump definitely doesn’t sound like the person who’d be able to pass a citizenship text since his ideologies appear to be the most hostile toward the country’s people. After all, he remains the only presidential candidate in recent history to have alienated African-Americans, women, Muslims, Latinos, Jews and disabled people in less than a year.