On March 6, the Trump administration issued a new and improved Executive Order banning travel from (now) 6 countries of the Middle East. On March 14, a Federal judge in Hawaii blocked the order, followed by a Maryland judge who did the same thing.
I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not going to get into the legalities of either the Executive Order or the court rulings.
But I do have a theory on what’s motivating the Trump administration in terms of the ban.
You may recall that the first E.O. came just one week into the new presidency. It was rushed out, poorly written, and caused all manner of confusion. You may also recall that Trump said one reason it was put into effect immediately, with no warning or preparation, was because if they provided prior warning, it would prompt a flood a “bad hombres” pouring into the country before the ban took effect.
Trump later told CNN that he did want to provide prior notice — one month, to be exact — but was overruled by a bevy of law enforcement officials, fearing a flood of terrorists.
But here’s what Trump said when the first ban was struck down: “Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system.”
Think about that. If something happens, blame the judge and the court system.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what this ban is all about.
There was a time when presidents received daily intel briefings. Considering Trump’s reluctance to participate in these briefings as president-elect, I think it’s safe to assume he’s not getting briefed on a daily basis. But it’s also safe to assume that he’s receiving some information.
It’s entirely possible he’s received information that another terrorist attack on this nation is imminent. Even for those of us who do not receive intel briefings, one would not be going out on a limb to predict that there will be some sort of terrorist attack on our soil in the next four years.
Should that happen, Trump supporters won’t care if the individual or individuals who perpetrate the attack came here during the time the travel ban was blocked or came here during the Bush administration or were born here and have never traveled outside of the United States. Trump will say that, but for the block of his travel ban by an overreaching judge, the attack would never have happened.
Think about it. We’ve seen how this administration operates. The truth is a fungible commodity. The phrase “wire tapping” apparently has an entirely different meaning when placed inside a set of quotation marks, for example. Even with the travel ban itself, it was called a ban, then there were claims that it was not a ban, and then when the president himself used the term, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that was because the media had called it a ban.
So, calling it what it is — a ban — it’s my theory that it’s nothing more than a dog whistle to Trump’s base to set up a fall guy that can be blamed for the next terrorist attack. If we’ve learned anything in the last 56 days, it’s that this administration never, ever lets pesky things like facts get in the way.
Thus, it is my belief that the Executive Order banning travel from six majority Muslim countries was never meant to be enforced but was designed merely to give cover to the administration who is far more concerned with deflecting blame than in keeping this country safe.