Morning Mashup: Trump Travel Ban Gets Bipartisan Scathing + Travel Ban American Greatness? Nah. The World Says It’s Trump Weakness + GOP Sen John MacCain Blasts Bannon Appointment to NSC

Trump Travel Ban Gets Bipartisan Scathing: GOP Senators and right-wing stalwarts John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina broke stood up to the Trump Administration and spoke clearly about their disagreement of Trump’s newly initiated “travel ban”.

From the press release on Sen McCain’s website: “We fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism,” McCain and Graham said in the joint statement, adding that Trump’s executive order “may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”

The utter ferocity of the backlash from the left wing doesn’t need to be recounted here. By now, we have all seen and in many cases been a part of the throngs of American citizens who stormed airports all over this great land and demanded that we hold true to our values of inclusion and our standing as a beacon of hope for those around the world. The gentlemen from Arizona and South Carolina should be commended for crossing party lines and standing up for human decency, respect and common sense.

Travel Ban American Greatness? Nah. The World Says It’s Trump Weakness: As mentioned above, the global response to Trump’s travel ban has been swift, immediate and justifiably harsh. Families have already been torn apart in such a short but critical time. Children have been separated from their parents, husbands from their wives and siblings from their brother or sister or both. The very interesting thing is, as reported by Farheed Zakaria of CNN,  of the seven muslim countries  banned, from 1975 until present day, not a single one of them has caused or played a role in the death of an American. Mr. Zakaria also noted that the findings were collated by Alex Narosty of the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank. So this is just one of many reasons why the world sees this as a weak, bumbling political move on the part of Trump: there simply is no reason for the ban to have happened. None. It’s a sign of weak leadership when politics and photo ops are placed over what’s best for the people and the balance of global relations. But all is not lost, we are America and we are a nation, as evidenced by this weekend’s far reaching protests, that will never lie down in the face of injustice.

GOP Sen John MacCain Blasts Bannon Appointment to NSC: Now this juicy little piece of information should send shockwaves and alarm bells throughout the whole of America. This development isn’t one solely for the left or right wing pundits and politicos on Capitol Hill to debate, this is an advent for all of us to not only be aware of but to speak out against and for a couple salient reasons: [1] As I’ve written before, Steve Bannon is a staunch proponent of the alt-right movement, he’s the former editor for Breitbart News, a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-semitic cess pool of a site that shamelessly denigrated every corner of society that they could think of. It’s horrific enough that this man is White House Chief Strategist, him and his putrid ideals are already a part of the fabric of our democracy, but now he has a seat at the table where our very security policy is crafted? Have mercy … Which brings me to point [2] It is highly irregular and lacking in probity to have a member of the political wing of the White House part of broad National Security Council Meetings. The NSC is a space that is intended to be filled with non-partisan and objective thinkers as security is a matter and right for all Americans and not just a particular party. There should be no political member of the White House at this table. Period. GOP Sen John McCain also spoke out against, actually blasted, Bannon’s appointment to the NSC: “The appointment of Mr. Bannon is something which is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history,” McCain said on Face the Nation on CBS on Sunday morning.

Friends, there is something terrible and sinister afoot here. Trump is changing the very makeup of our country, he is gutting us of our principles, robbing us of our values and curiously putting people in place that have, at best, a proven track record of being divisive, harmful and reckless. As always, I urge vigilance and action as the order of the day.

More on these stories as they develop.

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