The pro open borders Republicans John McCain and Lindsay Graham are taking heat after releasing a joint statement criticizing President Trump’s recent executive order, which placed a temporary ban on refugees from seven countries that have a heavy terrorist presence until we can implement stricter vetting procedures.
Both Lindsay Graham and John McCain made no secrets about their opposition to Donald Trump, both during the primaries and the general election, but now the rebel Republicans have taken it a step further by providing the press ammunition to continue their attack against Trump’s refugee order.
In a move that can only be described as self destructive, considering both of these politician’s home states overwhelming supported Trump during the election, McCain and Graham have issued an official statement (posted on John McCain’s website) criticizing Trump’s implementation of his temporary refugee pause.
The senator’s lament that President Trump did not consult with a variety of other departments before signed his order, resulting in “confusion” at airports, citing a single isolated incident in which an interrupter from Iraq was briefly detained before later being released, which has been used as a poster child by the media to blast Trump’s policy.
The senators also picked up the liberal strategy of projecting the image of poor women and children fleeing the horrors of war, when in fact according to Pew Research the migrants entering Europe are “largely male” and of fighting age. Although the Democrats and media love to spread images of women and children refugees, claiming they just want to find a safe place to live, the reality is very different as we have seen in Europe.
Ironically, the statement also claims that Trump’s policy will become a “self-inflicted wound” in the fight against terrorism, claiming that Iraqi pilots won’t be able to come to Arizona and train with the American military to fight ISIS.
McCain and Graham do realize that this executive order by Trump is only for 90 days (maximum of 120 days in one instance), and is only temporary until we get strong vetting procedures in place, right? Perhaps they didn’t bother to actually read the order, and are just basing their opinions off biased news sources.
STATEMENT BY SENATORS McCAIN & GRAHAM ON EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released the following statement today on the President’s executive order on immigration:
“Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation.
“It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.
“Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.
“Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
President Donald Trump had a swift response, which is sure to achieve more of an impact than the statement itself, and blasted the rebel senators on Twitter by calling them “sadly weak on immigration” and that they should “focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.”
The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong – they are sadly weak on immigration. The two…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
…Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
Moments ago President Trump posted an official statement on his executive order on extreme vetting to Facebook, saying “this is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”
Are these senators not aware that President Trump commands a staggering following on social media, is widely popular (enjoying a 59% approval rating according to Rassmussen) and has the ability to dramatically impact both of their reelection campaigns?
Or perhaps it’s just that McCain and Graham are so tied to the military industrial complex, and so controlled by global interests, that are forced to join the liberal offensive at the cost of their own political careers.
Maybe McCain should also focus on not getting his picture taken with ISIS members and terrorists, rather than trying to help the liberal media attack the President of the United States.