Donald Trump is the only candidate that tells the truth. Straight talk. None of that spin from consultants. His followers will tell you this with a straight face. Many of them inexplicably believe it, despite all available evidence to the contrary. Evidence? Let’s use Trump’s call for an unconstitutional religious test yesterday as an easy example. And let’s use Trump’s Georgia Co-Chair’s statement distributed by his (and The Donald’s former Georgia) consultant to demonstrate use of consultants, spin, and something quite less than straight talk. Ready? Let’s go!
“December 8, 2015 – “Donald Trump’s call for a temporary moratorium of Muslim immigration into the U.S. has caused international stir within the media.”
A few problems here already. “See guys! It’s no problem! It’s just temporary!” So that freedom of speech you like? What if the government just took that away from you until all “the problems” are cleared up? Like, I don’t know, maybe just shutting down the internet? Maybe we’ll just confiscate your guns until the threat is over. Don’t worry. It’s just temporary.
When anyone from the government says something is temporary, just remind them of the temporary telephone tax of 1812. It only ran for 108 years. So when Trump and those that support him try to walk this back, think of whatever constitutional rights you hold most dear. Understand that Trump and his supporters will tell you it’s OK for them to take them away from you in the short run. Then remember that in the long run we are all dead.
“Many of the reports paint a false narrative and ignore the problem this proposal attempts to remedy.”
The “false narrative” is a constant claim of the Trump
Klan clan. Trump and others (as you’ll see throughout this release) are now claiming that this proposal only applies to foreign nationals, and that media types are overreaching to portray Trump as supporting something he isn’t. So how did the lib’rul media and GOP establishment types come up with the idea that Trump meant “all” Muslims, including American citizens? Well, both from Trump’s original statement, AND a follow up to his official spokesperson seeking clarification on this very point:
Trump, in a formal statement from his campaign, urged a “total and complete shutdown” of all federal processes allowing followers of Islam into the country until elected leaders can “figure out what is going on.”
Asked by The Hill whether that would include American Muslims currently abroad, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks replied over email: “Mr. Trump says, ‘everyone.’ ”
Let’s repeat this point again as it’s essential to Trump and his supporters’ claims of victimhood. Trump sent this out as a written statement. This isn’t something he said off the cuff. It’s not something that was misinterpreted. It was a pre-planned, written statement, that was then officially clarified by his campaign to specifically include American citizens.
Let’s continue on with the next paragraph of that same news story quoted above:
During a Tuesday morning interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” however, Trump clarified that American Muslims would still be able to travel freely under his plan.
“If a person is a Muslim and goes overseas and come back, they can come back. They are a citizen, that is different,” Trump said.
This was Tuesday morning. AFTER Republicans rightfully rebuked Trump for what he said. And for what his campaign confirmed. But now, this font of straight talk and truth telling is realizing that many Americans actually take their religious freedom and their Constitution as pretty important things. So Trump and his minions do what they do best: Capitalize on the crapstorm that they created, and blame others for a perfectly appropriate reaction to someone who would use our Constitution as toilet paper.
So in sum, Trump has decided to get earned media by proposing something blatantly unconstitutional, then walk the terms back to something that is just reprehensible – still using the establishment of a religious test as a litmus test to determine who is allowed to travel to our country. But now it’s just non-citizens. And his folks are like, “See? All better now!” Well, No.
Let’s continue with the Williams’ walkback:
“Trump’s call for a temporary ban is due to serious security concerns. The recent acts of radical Islamic terrorism in Paris and now San Bernardino California make it obvious something must be done to protect our homeland from growing threats.”
Again, we covered “temporary”. Just because it’s to protect us doesn’t make me feel any better about you and your candidate trying to take away my freedom.
“Until a solution is found, a temporary ban would diminish the chance that radicalized Muslims who wish us harm enter our country.”
Now we’ve clarified what temporary means. “Until a solution is found”. The last time the west entered a direct war with Islam we engaged for about 200 years. That kind of timeframe makes it look like the folks that paid the temporary telecom tax of 1812 got off easy. Maybe your great great great grandchildren will enjoy the freedoms you’re about to have temporarily taken away from you when they are given back after this solution is found. Moving on:
“In the past week, it was revealed that Homeland Security failed to conduct a proper background check on the murderous female terrorist behind the San Bernardino attack. False entries on her application went unnoticed by government screeners. Our government is clearly unable to properly screen immigrants from these nations. This is not a call to end all future Muslim immigration. This is a call for strict immigration enforcement during a time of war to protect the people of America.”
Remember people, you are afraid because of California and Paris. And let’s slide back in here why you’re supporting Trump to begin with. It’s because of
xenophobia strict immigration enforcement. Nevermind that Trump has many stories on that too. Because he’s willing to flirt with open bigotry, you must assume he’s telling the truth. Or something. More statement:
“Pew Research revealed that 7% of U.S. Muslims believe that suicide bombings are “sometimes” justified. That is nearly one out of ten adult Muslims in the United States. The study also reports that only 28% of Pakistani Muslims disapproved of ISIS. How can we possibly screen immigrants from a nation where the vast majority support terrorist groups? In Nigeria, 20% of Muslims stated that they were in-favor of ISIS. These numbers should be frightening to anyone. We cannot put our nation at further risk to appease the politically correct.”
Translation: Remember that freedom of religion thing that we just said this wasn’t about? Here’s some nasty facts about some people who believe in God a different way than you. So please ignore our attempt to take away their rights. “Everyone – total and complete”. Remember, it’s just tempoarary. And pay no attention to the fact that some government officials are watching “right wing terror groups“, and that once a precedent is set, changing the words in the “Insert Religion Here” blank is subject to the will of the majority. But you don’t need to say anything. We’re just coming for the Muslims now.
And to close Senator Williams’ statement we have this:
“Those who claim this unconstitutional overlook an important factor. Who does the U.S. Constitution protect? Last I checked, these rights were reserved for citizens of the United States, not foreign nations.”
Well, again, despite another attempt to misdirect and make this about immigration we’re all talking about protecting individual citizens. Even the ones that happen to be Muslim. The ones that Trump and his spokesperson originally said they were talking about.
There’s one side that has been consistent here. And there’s one side that is using double talk, misdirection, and consulting spin. It should be clear to everyone but a Trump supporter which side is which.
To those that have decided they need to grab a dose of Donald Trump’s star power, I’ll leave you with something a wise man told me at the beginning of my career: If you lie down with dogs, you’re going to get up with fleas.
And no matter how good the consultant’s walk back attempt is, you’re likely going to have that itch for quite some time.