If there is one thing that Donald Trump's "alternative-facts" brigade cannot stand, it is the existence of cold, hard facts. While we agree that all of us sometimes manufacture our own truths, there are sadly, some ground realities that one has to face.
Poppy Harlow from CNN demonstrated just how fragile the policy-makers' house of cards is. She had Trump's adviser and former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) on air, and fact-checked him every step along the way.
“What data can you point to that justifies that these seven nations have a tie to U.S. terror attacks or a higher incidence of bringing terror to this country?” she asked.
“I think maybe the idea that I would say, the evidence is that the countries themselves don’t really have a standard that would preclude enemies of the United States from emigrating here,” Kingston replied. “These are not countries that are known to love the United States of America.”
So, what about Russia?
There is no love lost between the USA and Russia, Kingston conceded. But then, with Russia, the country who has been alleged of manipulating our election results, does not warrant the same level of scrutiny as Sudan. Makes complete sense, right?
There were then some very pointed questions and vague answers when Harlow asked Kingston to name terrorist attacks carried out by immigrants.
“I think you could look at DHS records and see that refugees in general have often been the cloak under which terrorists do move from country to country,” Kingston said. “And we do not know who’s coming in to our country.”
“But congressman, I asked if you could point to an event that you feel justifies this ban, that has endangered or killed American people.”
“Poppy, let me point to it, Ft. Hood, Orlando, San Bernardino, and terror attacks around the world,” Kingston said.
“Congressman, you said something that is not factual.”
She then went on to point out that the Ft. Hood shooter was born in Virginia, the Bernardino shooter was from Illinois, the Orlando shooter was a New Yorker.
“This is all part of the defense against terrorism and it’s all part of immigration security,” was all Kingston had to say.
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