Following the weekend’s chaos at airports throughout the nation, President Donald Trump has spoken out to point the finger at everyone but himself for the uproar.
After Trump signed an executive order on Friday, which placed a temporary ban on entrance into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries and an indefinite ban for refugees from Syria, protests erupted at international arrivals terminals in airports all over the country.
Several people were wrongfully detained, barred from entering the country, separated from their loved ones, and harassed thanks to Trump, but in his mind, the number of people affected was minimal and therefore his decision was worthwhile in the name of national security.
Blinded by his cloud of delusion, Trump proclaimed Monday morning that all of the problems were attributed to Delta Airlines’ technical issues, protesters, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) tearful speech to a crowd of demonstrators, Politico reports.
Sen. Chuck Schumer: "We're here today to deliver a vociferous 'no' to the president and the misguided executive orders." pic.twitter.com/cw7odsYpHo— ABC News (@ABC) January 29, 2017
“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer,” Trump wrote Monday morning in a pair of posts to Twitter. “[Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly] said that all is going well with very few problems. MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN!”
“There is nothing nice about searching for terrorists before they can enter our country. This was a big part of my campaign. Study the world!” he continued in a later post.
Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage,.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer. Secretary Kelly said that all is going well with very few problems. MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
There is nothing nice about searching for terrorists before they can enter our country. This was a big part of my campaign. Study the world!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
Trump completely downplayed the firestorm that he ignited with his discriminatory ban and denounced Schumer’s show of emotion as “fake.”
“I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears,” the president said while offering quick remarks to White House reporters Monday. "I'm going to ask him who is his acting coach. Because I know him. I don't see him as crier. If he is, he's a different man. There's about a 5 percent chance it was real. But I think they were fake tears.”
Schumer appeared on NBC’s “Today” Monday morning where he reiterated the point he was making in his speech, which is that Trump’s order “will make us less safe.”
“Even for those who might be for it — and I am certainly opposed — the slapdash way it was done was appalling and created the chaos,” Schumer said. “We should repeal this.”
It should be noted that Trump’s ban doesn't explicitly address Muslims, however, it targets majority-Muslim countries and exceptions apply only to those in religious minorities escaping persecution — which is a caveat mainly geared toward Christians.
However, the so-called exceptions have not even proven to be true because over the weekend, Customs and Border Protection officials sent the families of two Orthodox Christian brothers back to the Middle East after they landed at Philadelphia International Airport.
“These particular family members were not refugees,” ACLU Pennsylvania Staff Attorney Molly Tack-Hooper told BuzzFeed News. “Their religion did not affect them. They were banned just because they’re Syrian.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer was the only Trump crony to partially admit that the ban’s implementation did not go off without a hitch. However, he suggested that — despite the issues — the abrupt rollout was necessary because announcing it ahead of time would have created a window for people to flood “into the country in a short amount of time to take advantage before the ban went into effect.”
He followed that up with more nonsense:
“I understand that there might have been confusion, right? But, again, look at the scope of the problem and look at the fact that it lasted for a few hours as it initially was implemented and now it's working perfectly,” he said.
Those detained at American airports were dealt “an inconvenience,” by Trump’s order, Spicer continued, “but at the end of the day, that’s a small price to pay as opposed to somebody losing their life because a terrorist attack was committed.”
Trump later echoed Spicer's sentiments about the ban's swift implementation in a tweet that referred to immigrants as "bad dudes."
If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the "bad" would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad "dudes" out there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
From the looks of it, the only one terrorizing innocent lives in the U.S. is Trump.
“I think we can figure out how to inform people quicker and more comprehensively once the decision has been made, but at the time, we made the best decision that was in the best interest of securing this country and our people,” Spicer added. “Now, how we inform them as quick as we can to the highest and lowest levels, sure we can constantly be working on that.”
This alternate reality that Trump and friends appear to be living in is extremely dangerous. Buckle your seatbelts, America, because with their logic, the worst is surely yet to come.
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