Trump Contradicts Spicer: Call It A “Ban” If You Want

The Hill reports:

President Trump said Wednesday people could call his executive order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. whatever they’d like amid questions over whether the measure is a “ban.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday said the president’s executive order is not a “travel ban.” Spicer blamed the media for casting the controversial policy as a “travel ban.” “It’s not a Muslim ban. It’s not a travel ban,” Spicer told reporters. “It’s a vetting system to keep America safe.”

  • Ninja0980

    You mean they would try to turn this country into a theocracy the way your SCOTUS nominee would?

  • AtticusP
    • TrueWords

      Steve Bannon and Trump are utter assholes and the pieces of shit that are those who voted for Trump (also those who did not vote) thinking Trump would elevate their lives without taking EVERY step to make sure his life is golden

  • Michael R

    The fun part is the way they act like there were no security measures
    in place before they threw the whole thing into chaos .
    It’s just really fucking adorable .

    • JCF

      NPR just told of an Ethiopian who applied to come to the US in 2009, and JUST got his visa to leave “the World’s Largest Refugee Camp” in Kenya.

      …but not w/o his Somali wife and kids. :-(…

  • DaddyRay

    If they just say they are staying at a Trump Hotel or Resort their will be no problem

    • Frostbite

      Yeah, but those are all in countries he hasn’t banned. Oh.. wait..

  • Silver Badger

    If it’s about keeping bad people with bad intentions our of the country, when does the pissant and his people leave?

  • Sam

    If he really wanted to keep “bad people (with bad intentions)” out of the country, he’d lead his followers and enablers pied-piper style over a cliff and into the ocean.

    • Rambie

      Instead, he’s driving the whole country over a cliff. 🙁

      • Earl

        You’re not thinking bigly enough. He’s taking the world with him.

  • Treant

    I’m giving Spicer six months, max, and he simply disappears instead of graciously resigning to “spend more time with [his] family.”

    • Rambie

      If they get their way, they won’t be a press left in six months to need a press secretary.

    • Robincho

      Douche Spice becomes Toast Spice, aannnnnnd — scene…

      • Treant

        As long as the spice goes stale, I’m cool with that.

  • TrueWords
    • Treant

      It’s as though Hitler’s mother had been Jewish.

      • TrueWords
        • Earl

          Seriously? I’m not clicking on that, the title’s fucked up enough.

          Did they claim that he’s Jewish because his daughter converted?

          • I guess you will have to read it and find out or not…I am not your goggle

          • Robincho

            Goggle? (opps…)

          • Acronym Jim

            Oh, carp. 😉

          • Robincho

            I do tend to carp when the spelling gets fishy (but hey, whaddya expect? I’m just working for scale here)…

          • Earl

            I read the title, and it’s on Fox’s website. I’m not giving them the clicks. 🙂

            I really don’t care enough about what they say to look for myself.

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  • Rex

    Bad people with bad intentions, like the Cleveland Clinic doctor who lives in the US and saves lives, was turned away after visiting family.

  • Bryan

    So now you’re up at 5am you stupid orange skidmark? Go fucking sleep. Or don’t, and die faster.

  • billbear1961

    Down with the mad TYRANT!!

    Take back the White House!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNKsnmU4r5U

  • AJA

    “Bad People”, Trump?! Like this 75-year old woman who has lived here since 1995 who DIED waiting to come home because of your EO?! You sicken me.
    http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/232856168-story

  • The_Wretched

    Trump can’t stay on message. I’m glad he keeps shooting himself in the foot. It’s much harder for his attorneys to defend the ‘ban’ when it’s called a muslim ban than when it’s only called “terrorism control through visa restrictions”.

  • IamM

    We already had a vetting system to keep us safe. This is just theatrical ‘get-tough’ posturing so they can tell his base of ignorant bigots that he’s ‘doing something’ and ‘kept his promise’. Never mind the fact that it makes recruiting easier for the terrorists and harder for those fighting them. Never mind the violations of civil rights or the human, moral, and economic costs.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Not that my heart bleeds, or anything, but it’s gotta be hell to work for him.

    • Earl

      There’s not enough money on Earth for me to think of taking that job. 🙂

  • MBear

    So…he just called the people in a bunch of countries ‘bad’.
    Is he doing recruiting for ISIS, or what?

    Yeaaaahhhh

    • Bad Tom

      The deplorables were very insulted when called out for their deplorable behavior.

      But Trump does not learn from the past.

  • guest
  • Acronym Jim

    It does not matter if Trump or his surrogates “O.K.” with calling it a ban or not. The actions of the TSA and ICE aren’t even adhering to the limitations included in the executive order. A Jordanian with a valid visa entered the US and was detained and ordered to return to Jordan. Jordan is not on the list of restricted countries. A natural born U.S. citizen returning from an archaeological dig in Iraq was detained an ordered to return to Iraq.

    And those are just two of many similar stories of people with the legal right to enter the U.S. being barred from entering the country even if they pass the litmus test of the EO.

    Regardless of the terms of the EO, the directive is to ban any Muslim (or suspected Muslim) from entering the country.

    • Bad Tom

      Was the archaeologist in fact Muslim?
      One of my friends has conducted digs in Jordan. He’s an expert on Petra. He’s not Muslim. He was born in Vermont. His dad ran for Senate.

      Would he be forced to return to Jordan? It seems like it would be a throw of the dice.

      • Acronym Jim

        I don’t know if he was Muslim or not, but he was returning from one of the countries listed on the EO, so I can see a poorly trained TSA agent or overzealous immigration enforcement officer thinking that if he’s coming from a Muslim country, he must be Muslim.

    • James

      Trump not only doesn’t care, he’s happy about it. He’s trying to turn border agents into his own personal army, and they know it.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Bad people with bad intentions?

    Oh, the irony!

  • M Jackson

    giphy.com/embed/saOcoutdRkP3G

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    …Call it what you want…
    How about Theater for your base.
    Making them think you’re actually doing something, when all you’re really doing is making noise and creating confusion.
    Sort of like prayer….when you care enough to do the very least.

  • MikeBx2

    How many people has Trump undeservingly called a “bad person” or some variation meaning the same. Why would anyone trust his or his cronies’ definition of who constitutes a bad person?