Rushing to Capitalize on London Terror Attack, Trump Again Calls for *Ban*
This is why Trump’s staff-and especially his lawyers-want him to stop tweeting or vet his tweets before he sends them out. After all, every Trump tweet could become another article of impeachment.
Last night, the minute the terrorist attack in London hit the news, Trump rushed into capitalize politically.
Theresa May, the British PM had a similar reaction. Her snap election is not working out like it was meant to and she’s now not even assured of prevailing on Thursday-but if she does it will still be a moral defeat.
She made a nasty comment about how Britain has become ‘too tolerant of terrorism’ but you get the sense that the important words here are too tolerant.
Trump for his part seems to see every terrorist attack-as long as the perpetrators are Muslim-the right kind of terrorism-as his own political opportunity. But Trump has a kind of political Tourette Syndrome where he always shoots himself in the foot based on his own words.
So he right away declares that last night’s terrorist attack means we have to do his Muslim ban. And he calls it a ban.
When Trump said "ban," he meant "ban," not ban.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 4, 2017
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 3, 2017
Remember when he lost in court part of the reason giving was about intent-and how his own words during the campaign had called it a Muslim ban.
“Donald Trump just blew the legal argument for his Muslim Ban with one stupid tweet.”
“Donald Trump has spent several months trying and failing to implement his Muslim ban in various incarnations. His administration keeps trying to frame it as a temporary travel restriction, while insisting that it’s not targeted at Muslims and that it’s not a ban. But the courts keep striking him down because he admitted during the campaign that it was both. This week he asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his ban. But he just blew that with a single arrogantly hasty tweet.”
“When a violent incident broke out near London Bridge on Saturday night, Donald Trump was so eager to use it as an argument for his Muslim Ban that he quickly dashed off a ridiculous tweet from his golf resort in Virginia: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”
“The trouble: Trump screwed up and used the word “ban” in his tweet. In other words he just admitted that his plan is in fact a ban, and not any of the other things that his White House has been trying to frame it as being. Of course he’s not the only one who’s blown it. For instance Sean Spicer has alternately argued that it is and is not a ban. But the timing here couldn’t be worse for Trump, as he just asked the Supreme Court to definitively rule on the matter. The ACLU immediately retorted with “Glad we both agree the ban is a ban” (link), underscoring the legal repercussions of Trump’s tweet.”
“Considering that several Federal Judges have ruled against the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban based on his own past admissions during the campaign that it was in fact an attempt at banning a group of people, it’s entirely feasible that the Supreme Court could end up taking Trump’s latest tweet into account when making its own determination.”
Meanwhile CNN correspondent Reza Aslan speaks for many:
The ACLU also checked in:
Glad we both agree the ban is a ban. https://t.co/p1qXkffyIL
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 4, 2017
Again, political Turrets. He again and again provides all the prima facie evidence you need to know he’s pushing a Muslim ban, obstructing justice, or indeed, coordinating with Russia-‘Russia, are you listening?’
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