Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has had for months as a cornerstone of his campaign a temporary ban of all Muslims from entering the United States until we can figure out “what the hell is going on.” Trump put out a press release about his proposal for a temporary ban after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino by two Muslims, an American citizen and his foreign wife who entered the country via a fiance visa.
This stance helped catapult Trump even more among his faithful supporters who Trump said would support him even if he shot someone in broad daylight in the middle of the street on Fifth Avenue. Trump’s claim may be put to the test now that he appears to be backtracking, or flip-flopping, on his own proposed temporary Muslim ban.
Trump was interviewed on the radio by FOX News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday. In this interview, Trump appears to be flip-flopping on his fifth (I’ve lost count) major issue since Texas senator and constitutional conservative Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign last week.
In regards to his proposed temporary Muslim ban, which many of his followers have pointed to as a reason for their support of his candidacy despite Trump’s bullying and childlike behavior, Trump now says the ban was only a suggestion.
“We have a serious problem, and it’s a temporary ban — it hasn’t been called for yet, nobody’s done it, this is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.”
This is a far cry from Trump’s adamant proposal for a temporary Muslim ban for entry into the country back in December 2015. At that time, he was not mincing any words.
“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.”
In recent weeks, Trump has said there would be exceptions for his proposed by for his rich Muslim friends around the globe and also said that London’s first Muslim mayor, who has connections to radical Islamists, would be welcomed as an exception under his ban.
Now, it looks like Trump is standing by his own proposed ban as much, or rather as little as he is behind the tax plan that he campaigned on for months that he recently had rewritten.
This major flip-flop on one of the very things that catapulted him to presidential candidate prominence will beg the question once again and leave many wondering what exactly is in the New York Times off the record conversation regarding one of the other cornerstones of his campaign — building a wall on the southern border.