A few talking points on specious comparisons between Trump’s Muslim Ban and Obama’s 2011 actions
The next time someone blithely tells you that Trump’s Muslim ban is no different from Obama’s 2011 order, here are a few things to note.
- Obama didn’t make a major decision with sweeping consequences without any consultation or vetting by the people responsible for implementing the policy on a Friday, leaving it to individual CBP personnel to figure out at airports what the order did or did not say. The result has been chaos and numerous lawsuits.
- Obama did not take action that directly contradicted the consensus of the State Department and intelligence community in the name of fighting terror.
- Trump kept his own national security officials out of the loop – his Defense Secretary, Homeland Security Secretary, and State Department nominee have all reported that they were not aware of the details of the directive until Trump signed it.
- Trump worked with GOP House Judiciary Committee senior staffers on the language and directed them to not tell GOP leadership.
- Obama did not act in the absence of an actual, concrete threat.
- Obama did not violate statutory obligations of the Geneva convention on refugees by arbitrarily banning vetted refugees from entering the country.
- The Obama administration did not target permanent residents as well as new applicants. The Trump administration specifically clarified to the DHS that their ban does apply to green card holders, and only pulled back after massive outcry.
- Obama was not enjoined by a Federal Magistrate from committing “further acts and misconduct in violation of the Constitution.” No president has EVER been thus advised from the bench in our nation’s history.
- Obama was not following up from a campaign in which he specifically called for a ban on Muslims. For example, from the official Trump campaign website: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
- Obama does not have a history of repeating falsehoods and ugly, bigoted, false stories about Muslims.
- Statements that the seven countries targeted by the Executive Order were identified by Obama are misleading at best.
The Washington Post has some additional discussion.