Donald Trump Is Talking About That Travel Ban Again

If you participate in the masochistic act which is following President Tump‘s Twitter updates–guilty!–you definitely noticed quite the Tweetstorm this morning. It seems as though the wake of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London–which left seven people dead and 48 injured–and Manchester’s terrorist attack before that has reawakened Trump’s interest in one of his most controversial campaign promises: A travel ban–sometimes referred to as the Muslim ban–which denied entry to the United States from anyone from seven majority Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa, banned Syrian refugees, and gave priority to to “religious minorities” (i.e. non-Muslims) attempting to immigrate into the United States .

Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

You probably remember back in January when Donald Trump signed an executive order to do all of the above, followed by a federal judge in Seattle blocking the ban, making it null and void across the country. The Trump administration revised the original executive order (which merely excluded Iraq from the banned list) and has tried to get the judge’s ruling thrown out on appeal, but it has been blocked every time, as recently as May 25. The Supreme Court will ultimately decide the constitutionality of the travel ban, but…wait…is it really a travel ban?

Well, that’s where the funny thing about Trump’s tweets. As you can see, he’s calling it a travel ban, and he refuses to give in to the so-called PC police by calling it anything else. Apparently, however, the PC police includes members of his own staff, who have repeatedly said that Trump’s executive order wasn’t a travel ban. Yep, Trump’s own press secretary, Sean Spicer, said repeatedly–dating back to January–that none of this is a travel ban, and that the phrase was created by the oh-so-unfair media outlets who have a grudge against Trump and want him to look bad.

Except… Trump clearly is very invested in calling it a travel ban. So what’s the truth? Unfortunately, we’ll probably never know. What we do know is that using this travel ban talking point in the wake of a terrorist attack screams Islamophobia. The terrorist attacks in Europe as of late have largely been committed by people who were born and raised in Europe, not the countries on the ban list. So, what? Are we going to instate a travel ban so people from the United Kingdom and France can’t enter the United States? Yeah, not likely.

What do you think of Trump’s travel ban? Do you think it’s Islamophobic or is it just practical politics? Tell us in the comments!

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