Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry

Reuters:

An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.

The worst part of this is that a whole lot of people who voted for Trump may think this is a perfectly good idea. They’re absolutely not racist, you understand. Just suspicious.

What the hell kind of country do these people want to live in?

Who, him? Nah, he’s a good man.

If you’re looking for human decency and simple repugnance at the white supremacist that Trump has appointed to his staff as Chief Strategist, don’t bother checking Republicans in Congress.

Former House Speaker and Trump advisor Newt Gingrich praised Bannon as a “great strategist” and said the mainstream media was trying to undermine the President-elect’s success.

“They are the mortal opponents of what Trump is trying to achieve,” Gingrich said of the media during an interview on Fox News. “They now want to come back and say that anything that anybody ever published in Breitbart is Steve Bannon. That’s baloney.”

RNC member Randy Evans took a similar line on CNN, saying he “absolutely” trusted Bannon and praising him for having “a connection with what American—average Americans think.”

Presented with a handful of Breitbart headlines, including one about birth control making women “unattractive and crazy,” Evans said that asking Bannon to answer for the stories published on the site was an attack ripped “from the talking points of the Democratic National Committee.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that holding Bannon “truly accountable for all the headlines on Breitbart would be to hold you accountable for the headlines on NBC.”

If you’re the Executive Chairman of the company which publishes this crap, you own it, Congressman.
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Conservative columnist tells all!

Okay, that’s not quite accurate. The WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin argued against Trump throughout the primaries and the general election and is just as appalled at his victory as any Democrat is.

No presidential candidate has ever behaved and spoken the way Trump did. The rest of the country was entitled to assume his vulgarity, lies, bias and cruelty would be disqualifying. That they were not, but instead were rationalized, minimized or even lauded does not mean the anti-Trump side of America was dense. It means they thought better of their fellow Americans.

Exactly. And the non-racist non-misogynist non-vulgar citizens who voted for Trump don’t get to dodge the charges of racism and misogyny and vulgarity, either. Those folks may not in fact be guilty of those sins, but they’re sure as hell complicit in the election of the candidate who is. There’s a reason “lie down with dogs, get up with fleas” is a cliché.

Found on Twitter

I endorse this sentiment one hundred percent. There was no conciliatory behavior by the Republicans and their supporters when President Obama won twice. Instead there was obstruction from the House and Senate from the very day he was inaugurated. There were millions of sneering remarks about the new President and his legitimacy, many of which came from the man who is about to replace him. Now is a time for resistance to these reactionaries, not reconciliation.

When Trump speaks out to his supporters and tells them to stop scaring little children, stop grabbing hijabs from Muslim women’s heads and stop threatening African-American and Hispanic men and women I’ll be more inclined to think well of him and his party.


Can Trump do all that immediately?

He made a bunch of promises to reverse the Obama Administration’s actions and things that happened during those eight years. How many of them can he fulfill?

David Lauter of the Los Angeles Times answers that question:

He can’t reverse Roe v. Wade immediately. It would take a court case getting up to the Supreme Court after he’d appointed a conservative Justice.

He can reverse a lot of what Obama did with regard to immigration.

He could ban Muslims from entering the country.

He can’t overturn the right of same-sex couples to marry. Even a new more conservative Court would be unlikely to overturn its own decision, particularly since it’s growing more accepted every day.

American participation in curbing climate change is probably toast.

Repealing Obamacare is easy. Replacing it is hard, and it would be politically difficult to abruptly take it away from 20 million people with no replacement plan, so it might take a while to replace. They also claim they want to keep the “good parts,” like the coverage for pre-existing conditions and coverage of adult children until age 26. If they do that they might end up with something that looks a lot like current Obamacare.

There are a few more items at the link.

Plan of Attack

Democrats in the House and Senate, I expect you to obstruct just as much as the Republicans have since 2008. Even if some legislation looks good on the surface, assume it has a consequence you don’t expect and obstruct it. Turnabout is fair play. Use holds for all they’re worth; Republican Senators surely did last session and before. Use the filibuster and reduce every bit of legislation to a cloture fight, just as Republicans did. Do not cooperate with the Republicans on any legislation; as Eric Cantor showed when Obama was trying to get the stimulus passed in 2009, “if the Democrats managed to pick off two or three Republicans, they’d be able to slap a ‘bipartisan’ label on the bill.” You can’t have that. Just say no.

I’m tired of our side always having to be the good guys cleaning up after the Republicans. As much as you can, don’t let them make the mess in the first place.

Can this really be true?

Can 50 million of my fellow Americans be so enraged at their economic situation, at ethnic minorities, and at their elected representatives (most of whom they re-elected tonight) that they voted for the least qualified and least decent candidate in our 230-year history?

The analysis of these results is going to be fascinating. I can only conclude that an awful lot of Americans are secretly white supremacists and we didn’t know it.

I voted!

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The State of Hawai’i doesn’t give out nifty “I voted” stickers, just the torn-off stub from the ballot. Economy!

We had 20 (twenty!) City Charter Amendments and 2 State Constitutional Amendments to vote on in addition to the Federal offices. Annoyingly for those who’d prefer competition in politics, my State House District race was over in the primaries; the winner had no opposition in the General Election.