The Travel Ban Becomes the Alt-Ban.

On January 31st the Trump administration reached new levels of surreal semantics torturing double talk. Trump press secretary Sean Spicer declared that the travel ban is not a ban. With straight faced audacity he had the gall to correct media descriptions of it as a “travel ban” looking in the camera and saying “It’s not a travel ban. It’s a vetting system to keep America safe.”

Simply put that is a flat out lie, but at least I see where people are getting their misinformation from. They are just believing the tripe this administration tells them. Because facts can now so freely become alternative facts I prefer to use “factoids.”

FACTOID #1: It is a ban. The words of the Trump Executive Order itself implement a ban for people from the seven designated nations. The operative language of the EO is:

“I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order.”

It may be a temporary ban, but there is no doubt that individuals from the designated countries are banned from entering the United States.

FACTOID #2: Trump on numerous occasions called it a “ban.” In fact, it was not merely a ban, but according to Trump on Saturday “a very, very strict ban.” We can console ourselves that Trump at least didn’t call it a “bigly ban.” Only the day before Spicer’s media briefing challenging the press on this, Trump tweeted “If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the “bad” would rush into our country during that week.” When confronted with Trump’s tweet Spicer laughably said “he’s using the words that the media is using.” How can even the most deeply orange skinned kool-aid drinking Trump sycophant not see that for the doublespeak total horse crap that it is?

FACTOID #3: Spicer himself called it a ban Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” Reporters at the briefing did not get to ask him about that.

They can’t even get their “alternative facts” straight.



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Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80