After presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump expressed his willingness last week to be “flexible” in regard to his Muslim ban, critics accused him of backtracking. But according to former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie, they were wrong.
“That whole ban was a broad statement to cover an initial problem,” Higbie said Thursday on Newsmax. “Look, the problem I believe is Islam as a whole.”
“Great … OK … now we’ve narrowed it down to what a closer problem is, the Syrian refugees,” he continued. “So, he’s reconsidered the ban.”
The former Navy SEAL’s point was that Trump did not backtrack on his Muslim immigration ban proposal — he simply modified it to make it more relevant and enforceable.
“He’s moving down to what the problem is — and as we get more fine-tuned, we can take this down to something that’s actually really easily enforceable and really good for the American public,” Higbie explained.
While an outright ban on all Islamic immigration might sound nice to some, the idea unfortunately contains a plethora of problems, an especially huge one being that it would be essentially impossible to get past the courts.
Speaking with Fox Business News host Stuart Varney last December, Judge Andrew Napolitano argued that “the courts would invalidate it before any meaningful enforcement took place,” in accordance with the First Amendment, which he referred to as “the most important amendment.”
Napolitano suggested at the time that Trump instead ban immigration from certain countries, namely those that abide by Shariah law.
Higbie’s argument, on the other hand, appeared to be that Trump should just block the Syrian refugee program.
Either way, the fact remains that flexibility and willingness to “fine-tune” a plan do not make Trump a “backtracker” or fraud; they make him somehow who understands the complex nature of politics.
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