The leftist media would have you believe that Donald Trump is too reactionary, too racist, and too xenophobic to become president, and they usually point toward Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim aliens to prove their point. (Trump has since changed his ban to a restriction on any individual coming to the United States from a country compromised from terrorism.) Unfortunately, history is at odds with the left’s claims.
President Theodore Roosevelt, also a Republican, signed a bill that banned practicing Muslims from entering the United States after he won the election in 1904. He won that election with 336 electoral votes, 190 more than his challenger, Alton B. Parker.
Sure, times have changed in the past hundred years, but polling data suggests that Trump’s ban, even in its most controversial form, was supported by the majority of the United States. It’s another fact that the mainstream media conveniently forgets when attacking the GOP nominee.
Donald Trump came under fire late last year when he proposed a ban on immigration by foreign aliens — but he’s not the first person to do so. In fact, it was done by a sitting president.
A hundred years ago, Muslims were furious over an immigration bill whose origins lay with advocacy by a headstrong and loudmouthed Republican in the White House.
The anti-immigration bill offended the Ottoman Empire, the rotting Caliphate of Islam soon to be defeated at the hands of America and the West, by banning the entry of “all polygamists, or persons who admit their belief in the practice of polygamy.”
This, as was pointed out at the time, would prohibit the entry of the “entire Mohammedan world” into the United States.
And indeed it would.
The battle had begun earlier when President Theodore Roosevelt had declared in his State of the Union address back in 1906 that Congress needed to have the power to “deal radically and efficiently with polygamy.” The Immigration Act of 1907, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, had banned “polygamists, or persons who admit their belief in the practice of polygamy.”
It was the last part that was most significant because it made clear what had only been implied.
The Immigration Act of 1891 had merely banned polygamists. The newest law banned anyone who believed in the practice of polygamy. That group included every faithful believing Muslim.
The left seems to have forgotten this piece of legislation when attacking Trump’s credibility. While they’d likely relish any opportunity to attack a Republican — even one from a hundred years ago — it doesn’t serve their immediate goals. They don’t seem to care about principle, they only want to destroy Trump and send Hillary Clinton to the White House.