“Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door,” a headline at the New York Times jubilantly blared on Saturday. “Few foreigners welcomed Mr. Biden’s election victory as enthusiastically as the tens of thousands of Muslims who have been locked out of the United States for the past four years as a result of the Trump-era immigration restrictions popularly known as the ‘Muslim ban,'” the article elaborates.
It is interesting that the author chose to place the words Muslim ban in quotes, which is almost an admission that the term is a misnomer. The travel ban, passed in Trump’s first year in office, restricted travel from eight predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Morocco, Syria, and Yemen — that had harbored terrorists. The law excluded other predominantly Muslim countries such as Indonesia, which has the highest concentration of Muslims of any country in the world.
But Democrats had no interest in details. They framed the ban as a “Muslim ban” and called its creator a xeonophobe.” They went so far as to mount a legal challenge, claiming the ban discriminated against Muslims. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2018, where it was rejected.
Needless to say, when Trump banned travel to the U.S. at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Dems dusted off the term xenophobe to characterize his decision:
They finally succeeded in overturning the “Muslim ban” when Joe Biden on Day One of his presidency signed an executive order rescinding the ban.
But the story doesn’t end there. Yesterday, Biden signed another executive order, this one “reinstating COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders.” But somehow no one has vilified his actions as “xenophobic.”
Are you sensing that maybe the Left adheres to a double standard? (RELATED: Agree with liberals, or you’re racist, xenophobic, and dangerous)