Back in 2001, the September 11th attacks caused an entire nation to rally behind a previously contested president whose first months were rife with controversy. Now some 16 years later, the current president – whose own legitimacy is the subject of debate the likes of which has never before been seen in this country and whose favorability is the lowest in history – is seemingly doing everything he can to ensure it happens again, and that his image comes out on top.
Over these past almost three weeks, the Trump administration has delivered on multiple promises targeting Muslims, genocidal refugees, and non-white immigrants while in apparent support of a rebounded white nationalist movement. The president’s battle cries of “America First!” along with calls to vilify populations of legitimate Americans and visitors alike – including students, professors, doctors, scientists and even U.S. military consultants – have done little else than further divide the country’s sentiments while sharpening the resolve of those that would do the nation harm.
On the subject of his Muslim ban, multiple members of Congress – both Democrat and Republican – have called out the new president’s orders as “anti-American” and essentially placing the nation’s constituents and interests in the crosshairs of would-be terror organizations.
“This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country,” read a joint statement from Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
After days of protests and judicial back-and-forth over the ban’s legitimacy, Judge James Robart of the Federal District Court in Seattle temporarily reversed the president’s executive order restricting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. His call enraged Trump, who set to Twitter to lambaste Robart as a “so-called judge” and described the judge’s order as “ridiculous.”
Mind you, much like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Judge James Robart is a Republican.
Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017
Trump’s lashing out at the nature of the government’s checks-and-balances architecture as granted by our founding fathers should come as no surprise. What is perhaps more obscure here is the subtext of his ranting; the claim that should a terrorist plot or attack occur against Americans in some way those who are opposed to his executive orders are to blame.
“You will have blood on your hands”
In a recent broadcast, Fox News’ Sean Hannity came out in full force against the Judge’s decision, claiming that Robarts and the “liberals and the left continue to be willing to gamble with the lives of you, the American people.”
According to Hannity, anyone – Democrat or Republican – who speaks out against Trump’s executive order(s) is simply an enemy of America.
In this frighteningly McCarthy-esque narrative, Hannity’s pseudo-patriotism called out “liberals” and “rogue judges” as being the real threat to the nation’s sovereignty while insisting that those against the Muslim ban are simply playing politics.
“My message to the left tonight is very clear,” he said. “You want to keep playing games, you go right ahead. But know this: If one American loses their life, is killed as a result of letting in dangerous, unvetted people into this country, you are to blame and you will have blood on your hands and you can explain that to the American people why you put politics ahead of their safety.”
What both Trump and media-BFF Hannity are leaving out is exactly how their insistence on “extreme vetting” – ignoring the truth that current vetting is an arduous, multi-year process already and that none of the countries currently on the “ban-list” are or have been responsible for attacks against America – does in fact neutralize our nation’s defenses against while emboldening nefarious cries for terror attacks.
They are lighting the fires, then accusing their opponents of not buying enough extinguishers.
The danger here, though, is the long-game. Should a terror attack occur on Trump’s watch – and statistically, it will – the Trump administration and its media cronies have already laid the narrative. They are willing encouraging hate groups both domestic and abroad to strike against the innocent as part of an elaborate “told you so” power play that would justify yet another Middle Eastern battlefront.
In Trump’s own words: “To the victor go the spoils, and all that,” in reference to illegal pillaging the occupied nation of Iraq. “We should have kept the oil,” he later said. “But, OK, maybe we’ll have another chance.”
They are sending a series of dogmatic and damaging messages out that America is, in fact, against Islam. That we as a nation are against justice and truth. That accountability has no place at the highest levels of power.
And when it does happen – when the next bomb detonates in a public space or workplace is riddled with bullets or plane explodes over a metropolitan area – expect to see their smug faces and flashing lapel pins while civil liberties get sacrificed for the sake of popularity polls and military industrialism.Click here for reuse options!
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