White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained why it was necessary to detain a 5-year-old Iranian boy, who was held at Dulles airport for one whole night, while his mother pleaded with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for help and waited in anguish.
Spicer, it seems, is considered about terrorist toddlers.
Here is his full statement:
“When you talk about the 329,000 people [who traveled to the U.S. over the weekend], 109 were inconvenienced for the safety and security of us all… And to make sure that, if they are a 5-year-old, that maybe they’re with their parents and they don’t pose a threat. But to assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be misguided and wrong.”
The implication is very clear. Spicer basically argues that be it a child or an adult, if he hails from a Muslim country, he is a danger simply by virtue of being a Muslim, and the country has the right to bar him or her.
It also shows the extent of Trump’s executive order: that absolutely no exceptions will be made to any traveler from the seven black-listed countries (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen).
Yet, on Sunday, President Donald Trump kept asserting that the immigration ban was not, in fact, a “Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.” However, looking back at the disturbing detention of the preschooler and the anguish of his mother, and now Spicer’s unbelievably horrifying statement, it is quite clear the order is targeting Muslims with full prejudice.
The Twitterverse, however, does not think well of Republican politicians who are afraid of 5-year-old children.
Did Sean Spicer just defend holding that 5-year-old child apart from his mom. At the airport bc of this stupid ban?! I'm done...— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 30, 2017
Wait. Did Sean Spicer really say that there's no way to tell if a 5 year old is a terrorist?— Talia (@2020fight) January 31, 2017
Sean Spicer just said it would be misguided to assume a 5-year old isn't a (terrorist) threat. Is he tied to a dirty bomb? No? Not a threat.— Rebecca Watson ?? (@rebeccawatson) January 30, 2017
But these kind of absurd statements are not strange, coming from Spicer, who in a press conference on Monday, implied people like the Quebec mosque terrorist were the reason for the immigrant crackdown. Turns out, however, the man was a white supremacist named Alexandre Bissonnette, who is reportedly a Trump fan.
Although the press is currently refusing to attribute the t-word to the man, preferring to call him the “lone wolf,” and reiterating his history of being bullied, Bissonette is a terrorist, in spite of being white.
Additionally, he does not hail from a Muslim country and that should prove to Spicer that dangerous people exist in all countries. But does the Trump team have any measures to filter out people like Bissonette? Or are they too busy pushing out preschoolers from the country to give thought to this very grave matter?
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