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The Travel Ban, McCain and Lindsay, the in-house opposition duo on Trump
E. Ablorh-Odjidja
January 31, 2017

I am sure you have never seen Senator McCain make a policy statement without Senator Lindsay Graham going along with the measure.  


But have you heard their recent reaction to President Trump' travel ban on migrants from the seven concerned nations?


Wonder no more.   They are predictably irate about the measure.


This is the same Senator McCain who brought the fake, unvetted and later debunked Russian hotel story about Trump that was leaked to the press to the attention of the FBI.

The angst of these two men are hard to understand, given that together with Trump they belong to the same party and profess to share same ideology; which leads one to wonder whether the adversarial posture often expressed by them is in the interest of statesmanship or just an outlet for personal animosity.


 Either way, they will not be alone.


A recent poll by Rasmussen suggests that 33% of Americans are against the immigration ban versus 57% that support the measure.

Just as soon as the ban went into force, a series of protests at airports resulted.  And Senators McCain and Graham, in a statement issued by them, responded quickly against the measure and in support of the protests.

The statement said, “Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. .....”

The problem with the statement is its apparent hypocrisy. 

Seven Muslim countries are affected by the order as opposed to 42 who are not and are on the side of the fight against radical Islam.


Trump's order is also not a travel ban by definition.  It is for "further vetting (a pause) of travelers from affected areas for security reasons.


But more serious to the point, the effect presumed in Senator McCain and Graham's statement does not exactly fit the description of a "vast majority of Muslims."


It will be malicious to think that the order affects the majority of Muslim countries.

Besides, Trump's order is based on an already existing law,  the "Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.  H. R. 158"


As recent as February 2016, this law that targets concerned nations was expanded to fit the complete list of countries affected by the temporary ban:  Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.

President Trump, explaining his action, mentioned the need to prioritize refugees from minority communities like Christians and the Yazidis who have been affected by extreme persecution in areas in Syria and Iraq that are controlled by dangerous radicals.


He said, referring to the recent refugee migration program to America, "...If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian it was almost impossible. .. everybody was persecuted, in all fairness...”.


Immediately Trump spoke these words, he was taken to task for daring to mention "impossible." The media, as they have done throughout  2016, called him a liar.. 


It is now apparent that the opposition to Trump is not about policy issues, but an attempt to blunt his success on the same policy issues; whether it is on Russia or fight against radical Islam.


Consider the following: 

First, Trump's statement had "countries of concern" as targets; listed under US law.

Second, the law was crafted and expanded before Trump got to the presidency. 

Third, the majority of countries in the Muslim world are already fighting radical Islam and are considered as allies by the US - Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and others.


Fourth, of the 49 Muslim countries in the world (the majority) only seven were on the list which, again, Trump didn't create.


Fifth, none of these temporary banned travelers from the listed countries can reenter (or escape imprisonment) in their own countries if caught with an Israeli visa stamp on a page in their passports.  (You may plead American exceptionalism, but remember, the concept died under Obama, by his own definition!)

Given all the above points, there is enough reason to suspect that the protests by McCain, Graham and others are transparently dishonest.

President Trump in his own defense said, “My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.'

The National Review web publication said, “The anger at his (Trump's) new policy is seriously misplaced....His policy may be terrible public relations for the United States, but it is fairly narrow and well within the recent tradition of immigration actions taken by the Obama administration.”

So why the furor?.

Politifact, for instance, has a fact check on Trump's claim that it was 'impossible' for Syrian Christians to enter U.S.”

That fact check claim, on examination, is as ridiculous as team McCain's is on the assertion that the order is a war on Islam.

Politifact, a liberal self-presumed fact checker, never found a single convincing lie uttered by Hillary, about her private email server, during the entire 2016 presidential campaign.

But on Trump, it asks to be considered serious and astute fact checker!

In order for Politifact's observation that “there is no evidence” to support Trump's claim of Christian refugee migration from Syria statement to be true, one would have to discard the entire evidence lodged in the statistics of the matter, which, of course, a dishonest publication like Politifact would like you to do when the case is about Trump.

Christians form 10% of Syria's population base. As the most persecuted group, they qualify instantly for refugee status.  But, evidently, only 0.05% of Christian refugees in the mix from Syria have so far been permitted to reach America by the Obama administration.

On the other hand, Muslims, 88% of the population in Syria, constituted 98% of all the Syrian refugees admitted into the US (some 10% more reflected in arrival in the US than proportionately available at the population base in Syria).

How could Trump's “almost impossible” statement be wrong given the above figures?

Yet, Politifact, McCain, Graham and others in the media have no trouble challenging Trump on the issues.


They spare no compassion for the persecuted and tortured minorities in the listed concerned countries, yet pretend to show moral outrage for a pause in refugee immigration from the same areas!


With terrorist concerns exploding worldwide, they see no need to allow Trump to even start his project and complete his promise to keep America safe.  They have no interest in his success and more bent on false stances, even if the result would hurt the rest of us.


They are part of a political class that is bent on making us believe it has the noblest of minds and the best morals among us;  all which for this writer goes to show how far political hypocrisy or personal animosity can sometimes reach and be hidden in actions of some men!


The pattern is forming and becoming clearer by the day.  These actions and reactions by the "never Trumpers"  lead to one conclusion.  They don't want to give him a chance to succeed, even if they have to break all conventions and traditions!

E. Ablorh-Odjidja, Publisher, Washington, DC, January 31, 2017.
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