You know you’ve gone off the rails as a potential Republican presidential candidate when you are getting called out by none other than former vice president and warmonger, Dick Cheney. But that’s what happened when xenophobic Donald Trump issued his policy statement calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.
In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the former vice president, that we all love to hate, stated:
I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean, religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from. A lot of people, my ancestors got here, because they were Puritans.
Acknowledging the seriousness of the Syrian refugee issue, Cheney also remarked that the U.S. should be concerned that some refugees could be part of or influenced by ISIS or other radical groups. Cheney recommended more stringent vetting of refugees coming into the U.S.
It’s a serious problem to make certain that the people coming in don’t represent ISIS. You’ve got to set up a vetting process, and that’s crucial, but I think the way you’ve got to begin to deal with that problem is to go back and look at why they’re here, and they’re here because of what’s going on in the Middle East.
Cheney is still calling for the creation of “safe zones” in Syria for the refugees. However, foreign policy experts and the State Department have denounced that plan, stating that such a plan is “not a viable option.”
It’s definitely a strange day in politics when Dick Cheney starts to sound reasonable, a fact that should both scare and wake up any eligible voter. Hell has not frozen over, but it’s definitely a few degrees cooler. In the meantime, Trump had better start growing that mustache and getting fitted for his jack boots. He’s got the ideology down … he just needs to start looking the part of full-blown fascist leader (in waiting).
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