After a seemingly temporary truce, Megyn Kelly is back at it again with Donald Trump. This time, the issue that upset her was Trump’s proposed temporary pause on immigration from countries with terrorism – the so-called “Muslim ban.”
In a clip, from Friday’s episode of “The Kelly File,” Megyn tried to convince former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that Trump’s Muslim ban would have prevented Army Capt. Humayun Khan – the Muslim soldier who fought and died for America in Iraq in 2004 – from coming to the United States.
Huckabee, strongly disagreed, instead saying that Trump’s plan “is to make sure people are vetted” and could be assimilated.
“But the one thing that always has to be put into perspective is that Donald Trump has not said that this young man would not have been allowed into the country because this family came to America because they wanted to come and be Americans,” Huckabee said in response to Kelly’s assertion.
“But Donald Trump doesn’t want to make sure that every Muslim never comes to America. But he does want to make sure that when people come, whoever they are, not just Muslims but whoever they are, if they emigrate to this country, they emigrate because they want to assimilate and be Americans.”
Kelly then gave the following rebuttal:
“That is not at all what he has proposed,” Kelly said, talking over Huckabee. “That is not at all what he has proposed, Governor. He proposed a Muslim, which only now has he changed which he said, he didn’t walk it back. He says he’s expanded his ban on Muslims to include Muslims from any territory that suffers terrorism.
“And the UAE, where this little boy, at 2 years old, came from, would be included. His parents are from Pakistan. That would be included. And so that’s the dad’s point, that his son, an American hero, would not have been here if Donald Trump had been president when they wanted to come.”
It is worth noting that the United Arab Emirates has actually listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a terrorist group, something the United States refuses to do. They’re actually tougher on terrorism than we are. It’s also worth noting what Huckabee did – the plan was merely to strengthen the vetting procedures.
Huckabee also said Trump’s “intent is to make sure that people are vetted. It’s not just an outright or a permanent ban, and he even said it would be a temporary suspension of immigration until we knew. Keep in mind that this was in the context of the president, President Obama, wanting to bring hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to the country.”
Kelly still persisted, but Huckabee stood his ground.
“I’m not taking anything away from this family, nothing from the father, nothing from the son,” Huckabee said. “But I don’t think it’s accurate, nor is it fair to say that Donald Trump would have stood in the way of a family getting to America who clearly wanted to come, who could be vetted, would be vetted, and found to be wanting to assimilate and become a part of America.”
While the media says a lot about the so-called Muslim ban, it is important that they don’t consider that this is a vetting process. It’s not a permanent ban on Muslims, but a stop to reconfigure immigration security. If it is going to be discussed – and it should be – we should at least talk about it in a way that conveys what it is and not in the alarmist way that it has been treated.