There’s absolutely no doubt that the white nationalist forces on the Trump team are already moving to create some kind of “Muslim registry.” Some have suggested this will be a somewhat invisible process, with the vast spying effort of the NSA dedicated to sifting those who have given money, attended events, or perhaps have last names that made them suspect Muslims. Others have pondered something more active, with door-knocking, deadlines, and American Muslims being forced to actively sign up for abuse.
But the terms being used by some Trump surrogates suggest that it might not stop with a signature.
Carl Higbie: I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, and we’ve done it in the past with Iran back … back a while ago. We did it World War II with Japanese. Which, you know, call it what you will. May be wrong.
Megyn Kelly: Come on. You’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope. That’s the kind of stuff that gets people scared. …
Higbie: I’m just saying there is precident for it. I’m not saying I agree with it. But in this case—
Kelly: You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is going to do.
Sure he can. He just did.
How far have we veered from previous reality in a single election? Far enough that not only does Megyn Kelly represent the voice of reason in this conversation with the president-elect’s representative, but she’s actually become regarded as someone too … left? … right? Someone insufficiently racist with a disturbing unwillingness to kneel.
As with Trump’s “rapist and criminals” characterization of Mexicans, Higbie admitted that a majority of Muslims are “perfectly good people,” but doesn’t see that as a reason why we shouldn’t condemn them all as a group.
Kansas Secretary of State, and guiding hand behind much of this year’s Republican platform and strategy, Kris Kobach has indicated that Trump plans to keep his promises when it comes to bigotry and intolerance.
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.
Kobach leaves little doubt that they’re coming for the Muslims. First.