NSN 2016 Update: Disqualified – It’s Not Just Trump

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NSN 2016 Update: Disqualified – It’s Not Just Trump

NSN 2016 Update: Disqualified – It’s Not Just Trump

December 11, 2015

While the media has churned over Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, they’ve neglected the extent to which his rivals have advocated similarly unconstitutional, irresponsible policies. If Donald Trump’s remarks disqualify him from the presidency, his rivals are similarly disqualified.

Donald Trump’s latest Islamophobic salvo—calling for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the United States—was so awful that the White House said it “disqualifies him from being president.

  • But despite their frantic attempts to distance themselves from Trump after his comments, his fellow candidates espouse the same ideas using only slightly less appalling rhetoric.

  • So if Trump is disqualified for saying “no Muslims allowed,” why doesn’t Jeb’s “Christians only” policy earn him the same disqualification? Why is Trump’s travel ban worse than Rubio’s ban on mosques, cafes, and diners?

  • All of the conservative candidates for president embrace policies that undermine American values, damage our national security, and use the same ugly, discriminatory rhetoric as the radicals they’re trying to defeat.

  • They should all be disqualified.

Here’s an example: confronted with Trump’s remarks, Cruz’s campaign said, “that’s not our policy.

  • And they were telling the truth! Ted Cruz has a different policy when it comes to dealing with radicalized Muslims: “Carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”

  • Instead of proposing serious policy for defeating the Islamic State, Ted Cruz prefers to exacerbate the problem by indiscriminately bombing Muslims in ISIS-occupied territory, radicalizing a new generation of Muslims.

  • There’s no ignoring it: the candidates distancing themselves from Trump support the same kind of irresponsible, unconstitutional policies as he does.

“Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims?” –Marco Rubio

  • This from a man who compared Muslims to Nazis, and when confronted with Donald Trump’s plan to violate the First Amendment by shutting down mosques, said “it’s about closing down any place—whether it’s a café, a diner, an internet site…”

  • And Rubio’s hardly alone in his party, where Ben Carson compared Muslim refugees to rabid dogs, and Mike Huckabee thinks tainted meat is the more appropriate metaphor for the victims of ISIS’s violence.

  • This from a man who compared Muslims to Nazis, and when confronted with Donald Trump’s plan to violate the First Amendment by shutting down mosques, said “it’s about closing down any place—whether it’s a café, a diner, an internet site…”

  • Even so-called Republican moderates like Jeb Bush felt pressured to discriminate against Muslims, arguing that we should only take Christian refugees, and the United States would figure out their religious affiliations by examining their names.

  • In other words: if their name sounds Muslim, we won’t take them. That’s a straightforward example of unconstitutional religious discrimination.

Photo Credit: U.S Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Frank Luntz, Carly Fiorina, former Governor Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum speaking at the 2015 Presidential Family Family Forum [Gage Skidmore, accessed 12/11/2015]

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