On Feb. 21, senior Trump aides Stephen Miller appeared on Fox News to assure viewers that President Trump’s revised travel ban would essentially have the same intended impact as the first—by unconstitutionally targeting immigrants based on religion, notes Katy Waldman.
“Witness the radiant, oblivious perseverance of people who cannot be dissuaded that their boneheaded idea is actually really great, no matter how much negative feedback they receive,” chides Waldman.
The first travel ban was overturned after an appeals court deemed its goals un-American and discriminatory, specifically, after hearing Rudy Giuliani’s televised explanation of how the original ban was put together. “So when [Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally,’” the former mayor of New York City happily confided to Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro.
It may be helpful to remember, says Waldman, that there isn’t such a thing as a “legal Muslim ban.”