Re: Statements as Precedent
If I am understanding you correctly, you are saying that a statement of opinion should take precedence over an action. The problem with this line of thinking is that you are allowed a gross area of discretion to apply or cherry pick any opinion (and Trump has a near inexhaustible amount of opinions on everything) toward anything you disagree with. Trump may have stated previously that he agrees with a Muslim ban, but he also stated that he believes extreme vetting is necessary to protect America. In the case of the order, he had a clear statement of intent to have extreme vetting instituted. Would this ban some Muslims? Yes, a small portion from the world. But as you've noted, it also bans Christians from these countries. It also bans Buddhists from these countries. It also bans atheists from these countries.
Originally Posted by VKhaun
So, by your reasoning should he never be able to execute an order that disaffects anyone from a Muslim background, even if peripherally, because he had a previously adverse opinion to Muslim immigrants and/or refugees?
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