Burr Defends Trump, Puts Pandering above National Security

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
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Burr Defends Trump, Puts Pandering above National Security
RALEIGH, N.C. – Senator Richard Burr made it official yesterday: he’s on board with Donald Trump’s plan to prevent people from entering our country based solely on their religion. National security leaders from across the political spectrum have warned that this plan would make America less safe by feeding into the ISIS narrative that the U.S. is hostile to Muslims. Burr also continues to oppose a measure that would prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns.
As reported in McClatchy News, “Burr’s comments about a potential Muslim ban or pause are likely more political statements influenced by Trump’s presence on the top of the Republican ticket this fall, rather than an indication of intelligence information shaping a specific policy view, says Joseph Wippl, a former CIA officer and current university professor with expertise in national security and terrorism.”
Matt Kravitz, Press Secretary for the North Carolina Democratic Party said, “Let’s get this straight: Senator Burr is against legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists from obtaining guns, and he’s for an unworkable policy of blocking people from entering the U.S., based on their religious beliefs — a policy that actually makes us less safe by strengthening the recruitment abilities of ISIS and other terrorist groups. Richard Burr is doing what’s best for Richard Burr — he’s thinking about his own politics instead of the real consequences that these policies could have on the people of North Carolina.”
Richard Burr is standing on a very lonely island with Donald Trump. Republican leaders have roundly condemned the proposal to stop an entire religious group from entering our country. While Burr defends Trump, here’s what the rest of his party says:
“[The ban] goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”
“I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country.” He called for “a security test, not a religious test” for immigrants.”
“[Trump] has gone from making absurd comments to being downright dangerous with his bombastic rhetoric.”
“I’m not hopeful right now. [Trump’s] ill-informed, ill-conceived ban on Muslims” was damaging the Republican Party.
“It wasn’t the kind of response that I would expect when 50 people have perished. You know, I think I’ve offered words of public encouragement [to Trump] in important times and continue to be discouraged by the results.”
“The idea of a religious test is not consistent with my idea of what it means to be an American, and is not consistent with the principle of the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States.”
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