CNN’s Aslan Fires Expletives at Trump, but Not the Jihadis
As the dead and wounded still lay in the streets of London after the jihad rampage Saturday night, CNN’s Reza Aslan identified the problem in no uncertain terms: President Trump.
With the news breaking worldwide that Islamic jihadis murdered seven people and critically injuring at least 21 more, Trump had tweeted:
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. R need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!
In response, Aslan tweeted:
This piece of s*** is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.
Reza Aslan has never used such strong language about jihad terrorists, such as the ones who struck in London on Saturday night. Apparently, as far as he is concerned, Trump is much worse -- indeed, so much worse that I, as a human being (although Reza may accord me the title only reluctantly), should feel embarrassed at his statement.
Unfortunately, Reza didn’t bother to explain why Trump is such an embarrassment to the United States and humanity at large. Is Reza against being “smart, vigilant and tough”? He is certainly against Trump’s travel ban, and found it particularly offensive that Trump brought it up in connection with the London jihad attacks.
On Monday afternoon, the British government identified two of the jihadis; one was from Pakistan and the other from Morocco or Libya. Only Libya is among the countries covered by Trump’s temporary moratorium on immigration, but that was besides the point: Trump tweeted about the ban before the identities of the jihadis were known, and the point he was making did not hinge on their identities or ethnicities.
What Trump was implying by tweeting about the travel ban in connection with the London jihad massacre is most likely what drove Reza Aslan around the bend: that jihad terror in the West has been enabled by the large-scale immigration of Muslims in the United States. Even if the attackers had turned out to be British converts to Islam, they were likely converted by immigrants. If Britain, and the West in general, ever want to get serious about forever ending the possibility of innocent civilians being massacred by jihadis while out at concerts or taking an evening stroll, authorities will have to restrict that immigration.
In the last court-ordered block on Trump’s travel ban, Judge Roger Gregory wrote of Trump’s executive order:
[It] speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.
This was Leftist cant, not legal analysis. In reality, the stated reason, and the only reason, for Trump’s executive orders ordering travel bans was national security.