Ever since Donald Trump won the presidential election, speculation has abounded if he will actually come up with a registry for Muslim immigrants, as he suggested repeatedly during the course of his campaign.
However, Trump’s incoming team has only further perplexed people with their — often differing — statements on the issue, with the most recent one coming from RNC chairman and soon-to-be White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
Preibus told NBC’s “Meet the Press” while the Trump administration wouldn’t have a registry based on religion, it wouldn’t “rule out” the measure, which essentially means they might consider a registry for Muslims (read: a registry based on religion).
The self-contradiction in the statement just cannot be missed.
“Look, I’m not going to rule out anything,” Priebus stated. “We’re not going to have a registry based on religion. But what I think what we’re trying to do is say that there are some people, certainly not all people…there are some people that are radicalized. And there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country.”
Priebus’ comments came in reply to a question that cited retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s February tweet in which he said “fear of Muslims” was “rational.”
Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL: please forward this to others: the truth fears no questions... https://t.co/NLIfKFD9lU— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) February 27, 2016
Flynn, who is a notorious Islamophobe, has been tapped to serve as Trump’s national security adviser.
The debate over Muslim registry was renewed last week after Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced the incoming administration might create a Muslim registry modeled after the National Security Entry-Exit Registration system created after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Later, Carl Higbie, a Trump spokesperson set off a scorching round of criticism after citing Japanese internment camps during World War II as “precedent” for a registry.
Preibus may have reassured people the Trump administration is not planning a registry based on religion, however, his statement, as well as the ones delivered by other Trump team members on the matter, suggest there will be some sort of registry and it could inadvertently single out Muslims.
And that’s upsetting.