His plan to curtail immigration overall and to ban, temporarily, the import of persons from Muslim terrorist countries has merit. Her plan to further regulate guns will not work because her proposals would not have prevented the San Bernardino Muslim terrorists or the Orlando Muslim terrorist from legally acquiring weapons.
So what is Trump's proposal based on?
From Byron York of the Washington Examiner:
Trump made both points at his recent rally in Greensboro, N.C. Here's how he made the first: "We've admitted four times more immigrants than any other country in the world. We can't do this. We can't do this. Not surprisingly, real wages haven't increased for 18 years. And then they wonder why I have packed houses."
Critics quibble with Trump's "four times" point, arguing that more sophisticated ways of counting would yield a different result. But Trump's point stands: the U.S. has admitted more immigrants than any other country, and by any reckoning admits a lot of immigrants.
Here's how Trump made the second point: "Just so you understand — I have many Muslim friends. These are amazing people. They're great people. The problem we have is, whether it's 7 percent or 9 percent or 11 percent or 1 percent — we're having a tremendous problem in our country. We don't know — there doesn't seem to be assimilation — we don't know what's going on."York has been a reliably objective observer of the Trumpvolution, and a sanctuary of common sense in the Battle Against Logic waged by most pundits this political cycle. Trump also applies cold logic. York gave as an example, a Pew Research poll that found most Muslims in America reject terrorism. York noted:
One can read those numbers reassuringly — 81 percent disavow jihadist violence — or one can read them alarmingly. Trump reads them alarmingly. If Pew's numbers are correct, then 13 percent of the Muslims currently in the United States believe Islamist violence is justified in at least some cases. Given the current Muslim population of the U.S., that's just under 400,000 people.Trump can see the problem. I can see the problem. You can see the problem. So why cannot the pundits?
All they see is Hitler with a Creamsicle orange face. Their words, not mine.
No, they do see it. They are in denial. Trump has a better plan to protect Americans. But in reducing immigration, the patrons of Washington -- the fatcats who hold the strings of many of the Never Trumpers -- would be financial inconvenienced by reining in the New World Order and the globalization that is its foundation.
And so we get dozens of little nontroversies instead of any discussion of Trump's plan, besides dismissing it as xenophobic and Know Nothing. The problem with Muslim immigration is there seems to be no particular desire by many Muslims to assimilate. In fact, many would like to impose sharia law here.
York ended his piece:
The Muslim ban proposal has set off near-hysterical reactions among both Democrats and some anti-Trump Republicans. The people who have called him bigoted, hateful, a Nazi, un-American, and more are not likely to calm down if Trump were to refocus his proposal. But Trump, supported by current events — the Orlando shooter's family just happened to come from one of the worst countries in the world in terms of Muslim radicalization — could reset the debate just the same.We need to cease going down this open borders pathway. It is national suicide.
Coming soon -- "Trump the Press: Don Surber's take on how the pundits blew the 2016 Republican race."