If Donald Trump is elected President, here’s just one more indication that we can expect a scary set of leadership principles guiding the country.
In a speech from Youngstown, Ohio early Monday afternoon, the Republican presidential nominee called for “extreme vetting” for immigrants wanting to enter the United States.
More than that, though, he laid out plans to temporarily halt all immigration from specific regions of the world — but like most Trump speeches, he lacked the specifics about how to actually go about executing his vision, or what his plan would look like.
This speech comes just hours after news leaked that Trump was going to lay out plans to require ideological and political tests for immigrants wanting to enter the country.
His aides, in fact, have openly discussed The Donald’s plans to require these ideological tests for those hoping to immigrate to America, with senior policy advisor Stephen Miller going so far as to tell the AP before the speech:
“As he laid out in his Orlando remarks, Mr. Trump will describe the need to temporarily suspend visa issuances to geographic regions with a history of exporting terrorism and where adequate checks and background vetting cannot occur.”
The danger here is obvious, and at least two-fold.
First, because The Donald was light on specifics beyond calling for “extreme vetting,” it’s completely unclear what those “checks” would look like.
According to insiders, immigrants would definitely be required to reveal their views on social and political issues — such as LGBT rights, gender equality, and religious freedom.
The danger of Trump’s zealousness going overboard, then, is obvious: only letting in those that completely agree with you makes for a much more manageable totalitarian state…
Second, it’s not even clear that “extreme vetting” would make a difference in defending the United States against terrorism, since so many acts have been perpetrated by people of all religions who were, oh yeah, born here.
No matter to Trump, though.
He was bizarrely subdued and lethargic during his Youngstown speech on Monday, and he spent a good portion of his time simply listing off past terrorist attacks, rather than outline tangible solutions of any sort.
Watch it in full — with Trump following former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, as well as VP candidate Mike Pence — below:
Weird to see Trump so quiet…
Regardless, just because he didn’t deliver it in his typical over-the-top tone doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous.
Trump’s immigration policy as it stands seems to be a very simple slope to major problems.
For the millionth time, don’t vote for this man!!
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