Jeb Bush sat down with Fox News last night to explain why Donald Trump’s proposal to keep Muslims out of the United States is not only morally wrong, but also poses a danger to America’s security and position of leadership in the world.
One problem, though: Jeb Bush is the guy who has already said we should stop taking in Syrian refugees — or only take the ones who can “prove [they]’re a Christian.”
In nearly the same breath, Bush first called for a halt in refugees — plus a review of how we let in Muslims from friendly nations: “And we should pause and make sure, like our visa waiver program. We have European countries, citizens, who could be radicalized. They could have easy access to our country. We have to adapt to our policies to the fact that we are at war. There is nothing wrong with that.”
But he then immediately pivoted to a condemnation of excluding Muslims — at least if Trump is the one doing it: “But then they have a blanket indictment for a billion people. Is that really a serious plan? All Indonesians are not allowed in our country? Canadians that happened to be Muslim aren’t allowed into our country? Then it’s ridiculous. And it sends such a killing signal to our allies that we are no longer serious. How do you expect an ally, which we need, we need to build an alliance. We can’t do this our ourselves, to take out ISIS. How are they going to do it if they believe Donald Trump can be president? I don’t think he will be, but it sends a pretty powerful signal.”
This begs the question: What kind of signal would it send to have Jeb Bush as president? But then again, that doesn’t appear to be too likely, either.
Video via The Kelly File/Fox News.