Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez added another misinformed and distorted assertion to her growing list of lies disguised as information.
Hours after a massacre of worshipers at a New Zealand mosque claimed 49 lives, the New York Democrat took to Twitter to post a “daily reminder” to her more than 3.5 million followers about the “Muslim Ban” she claimed was imposed by President Trump.
Her brazen attack on the president characterized him as someone who has a “hostility to Muslim people” which is tolerated by his party.
Daily reminder that we have a **Muslim Ban** in this country made out of the President’s hostility to Muslim people w/ little-to-no supporting evidence, and a Republican Party that tolerates it.
There is so much work to do. Repealing the Ban is square 1.https://t.co/dqrCsedMrt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
As is usually the case with the left, truth and facts are casualties of clueless remarks made for their shock value. The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist declared that “Repealing the Ban is square 1.”
Wow. To use this crime and senseless killing to attack our president shows how sick you truly are. Maybe pray for the people who died today instead of pitching more hate. God have mercy on your soul.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) March 15, 2019
But even a casual look at the ban Ocasio-Cortez blames completely on Trump reveals several facts that the freshman lawmaker conveniently ignored, most notably that the ban is not on Muslim people. Trump issued the temporary travel ban in 2017 to allow proper vetting of immigrants entering who, according to U.S. code, would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
Travel was not banned from strictly Muslim nations although five of the seven countries noted in the proclamation included Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Iran and Libya – which are majority Muslim nations. But two of the cited countries are North Korea, which has a population that primarily follows Buddhism and Confucianism, and Venezuela which is primarily Roman Catholic.
According to the Pew Research Center, Muslims make up more than half of the population in 49 countries worldwide, but Trump’s temporary and conditional travel listed five, leaving the larger portion of countries where Muslims are the majority religion completely unaffected by the order.
The “Muslim ban” Ocasio-Cortez credits to Trump’s “hostility” to followers of Islam was also borne out of policies put in place under former President Barack Obama. The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 included restrictions on travel for those coming from Iraq, Syria as well as Iran and Sudan, which were on the on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.
AOC is lying.
1. It’s not a “Muslim Ban”. Per the Supreme Court.
2. N. Korea and Venezuela included in Travel Ban. Non-Muslim countries.
3. The 7 countries listed were selected by Obama in 2011.
— Dennis Williams (@RealDennisWill) March 15, 2019
Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, added Libya, Yemen, and Somalia later as countries to be concerned about, rounding out the list that Trump used in crafting the temporary travel ban which contained exclusions and exemptions, such as allowing foreign nationals and refugees who had already been granted asylum and any green card holders.
Perhaps most glaring of Ocasio-Cortez’s misinformation campaign was the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the travel sanctions last June, giving the president a victory over the multiple lawsuits and protests by Democratic states and civil rights groups that erupted after he issued the executive order.
“The president has lawfully exercised the broad discretion granted to him under [federal law],” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the Court’s opinion, and was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch.
The high court ruled against those claiming that the ban exceeded Trump’s authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act and targeted Muslims in particular.
“The 12-page proclamation — which thoroughly describes the process, agency evaluations, and recommendations underlying the president’s chosen restrictions — is more detailed than any prior order a president has issued under [the INA],” Roberts wrote, adding that the INA “exudes deference to the president in every clause.”
Twitter users called out Ocasio-Cortez and those like her who issue soundbites and attention-grabbing social media rants to push the left’s narrative.
When your entire online persona is based off being a “Resister,” you’re constantly going to try and outdo your last tweet, no matter how absurd or delusional it gets.
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) March 15, 2019
@AOC woke up this morning & decided to leverage a brutal massacre to make political jabs.
Think about that.
— Tom Toth (@TomToth3) March 15, 2019
Can’t explain it much better than this. AOC said we currently have a Muslim ban. We don’t. THE END. pic.twitter.com/Bjg7dW4rcZ
— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) March 16, 2019
How is this hateful rhetoric? Because @chicksonright showed a map? Clarification and facts. Not hateful rhetoric. Miss @AOC is the one trying to create untruth, drama and hateful divide. By spewing lies or ignorance…whichever it is.
— Shannon Ryan (@RyanSdr1998) March 16, 2019
It’s not a Muslim ban, you ignorant twit. pic.twitter.com/jKT3PKYObl
— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) March 15, 2019
We have quite a few and they’re all #Dems
— Colorado_JK (@ChrisMacaluso) March 15, 2019
It’s not a Muslim ban!!! And you should know this if you learned your job, it’s a longer vetting process for 8 countries and all are not Muslim countries
TELL THE TRUTH
— AppSame (@AppSame) March 15, 2019
— Free Thinker? #JusticeForJunior (@stopmediabiasxo) March 15, 2019
Stop it, Cortez. Stop feeding into the echo chamber of hysterical exaggerated bullshit that only deepens the abysmal pit of horror, rage and reaction we’re in. Do American Muslims and people of faith a favor, and just stop it.
A fed up American Muslim.
— Shireen Qudosi (@ShireenQudosi) March 15, 2019
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