U.S. Politics

Trump White House seems to be struggling with Muslim ban 2.0. It’s delayed again.

Protesters shout and hold up signs at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California on January 29, 2017..US President Donald Trump issued an executive order yesterday barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days. / AFP / Josh Edelson        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Laura Clawson

Donald Trump will release Muslim ban 2.0 … sometime soon. It’s totally coming, you guys. Absolutely. One of these days.

A White House official told reporters on Wednesday that the new order would come out ‘sometime next week’ – twice already this month, President Trump has made that same assurance to reporters, but nothing has yet been issued.

And it’s going to be great, the best Muslim ban ever, except for the last one.

“Nothing was wrong with the first executive order,” said White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller on Fox News, as he blamed a “flawed judicial ruling” that has held up implementation of the order.

“It’s still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country,” Miller said in an interview, without really giving any details on how it would change.

For people claiming that this ban is the only thing standing between the United States and a horde of terrorists and insisting that nothing much needs to change for the ban to pass muster with the courts, they sure aren’t in any hurry this time around. Maybe that’s because they know that in reality:

According to the New America Foundation, all 12 jihadist terrorists who have killed people in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, were American citizens or permanent residents, and none had ties to the seven countries named in Mr. Trump’s executive order. Out of the nearly 400 non-deadly jihadist terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11, perpetrators were linked to Iran or Somalia in three cases.

They really might as well just put out whatever piece of trash they’ve already got prepared. It’s not going to get any easier to defend a ban on these specific countries, and all of the Trump camp’s statements that a Muslim ban was the goal are going to stay on the record for the courts to consider.

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