Speaking with a group of Muslim refugees from Syria, a Trump supporter from Alabama attempted to defend the GOP presidential contender’s hardline stance on banning more Muslim refugees, saying he was afraid they might bring execution by head-chopping to the U.S.
In a video recorded by the BBC, pastor Jim Mather is shown sitting down with Alabaman Steve Weller and several recent Muslim immigrants and attempting to bridge their differences.
Mather, who is supporter of bringing dispossessed refugees to America, explained that the politics of the moment has become “poisoned” by anti-immigrant sentiment.
“The political realm in which we live right now is poisoned, it’s deeply toxic,” he stated.
Trump supporter Steve Weller defended Trump, saying his anti-Muslim immigration rhetoric was “not just to eliminate all refugees.”
“He wants to put a halt to figure out what’s going on. That’s basically his words. I don’t think he really wants to stop people like these folks,” he said, indicating two Syrian refugees sitting across the table from him.
Conceding that Trump’s comments might be “extreme,” Weller worried about the “radical Muslim that infiltrates — that could be a problem.”
Attempting to address his concerns, 19-year-old Syrian refugee Mustafa Khamees, explained that before refugees are accepted into the U.S., their lives are heavily scrutinized by U.S. government authorities.
He then turned to Trump.
“I want to sit down and tell him one thing,” Khamees said. “He wants to ban all Muslim People. Islam means peace. Our religion means peace. Our Koran doesn’t have anything about killing people or killing anyone. Or being a terrorist.”
Weller was not entirely convinced, invoking a “certain segment of your religion that is referred to as ‘radical Islam'” before stating his fears that the terrorists will enter the country to do damage.
“The fear is, if it’s happening there — and these people that are chopping heads off over there — it could happen here,” Weller claimed. “And it’s gotta be protected before heads start getting chopped off here.”
Weller later conceded, “Remember — there is always a solution.”
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Devin Nunes likely under federal investigation over foreign contacts after Parnas phone call revelation: ex-FBI official
On MSNBC's "AM Joy," former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi speculated that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) may already be under FBI investigation for his secret calls with indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
"What do you make of the fact that the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, who participated in the Adam Schiff portion of the impeachment hearings, never said anything to anybody about the fact that he was not just the guy who's sitting on the dais, he was involved in some way with one of the players?" asked host Joy Reid.
"Well, it says a lot on two levels," said Figliuzzi. "It says a lot about Devin Nunes as an individual, his ethics, his integrity, and what he's all about. And then on a larger level, it's just a huge, ironic development that we're hearing all of this about — the Republicans are defending allegations that the president lacks integrity and ethics, and they're sitting there overseeing this and they're not recusing themselves, and they're not saying anything about their colleague, Devin Nunes. So, you know, the hypocrisy is loud and clear here. And eventually when the dust clears, Joy, I wouldn't be surprised if ethics investigations and perhaps even criminal investigations really point the finger at Nunes as someone who should have recused himself and is much deeper into this than we know now."
Mitch McConnell’s effort to sabotage Trump impeachment could hit this brick wall
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his GOP allies have signaled that they might pass a highly partisan set of rules designed to sabotage an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which might include everything from time limits on Democrats trying to submit evidence, to a parallel public investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden to make Trump's Ukraine behavior look legitimate.
But on MSNBC's "AM Joy," justice and security analyst Matthew Miller walked host Joy Reid through how difficult such a package of rules could be to pass — and how even a small defection of senators from his caucus could block it.
World leaders mocked Trump because they’re tired of his ‘center of attention’ act: MSNBC guest
During an MSNBC segment on President Donald Trump's abrupt departure from NATO talks in London after video was released of world leaders making fun of him, an MSNBC guest said those same leaders have become tired of his act.
Speaking with host David Gura, the LA Times Eli Stokols said international diplomats have realized there is no dealing with the president who is in his own world and just wants attention..
"Your colleague had a great line: 'This is a president who views norms like a teenager views curfews,'" Gura began.
"Well, he likes going to these things and blowing them up and being the center of attention," Stokols replied.