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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John Oliver unleashes on news sites that sent out stupid push notifications
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver doesn't come back until Feb. 16, but he dropped a new web-exclusive video Sunday complaining to news agencies that they should stop sending out stupid push notifications on their apps.
Oliver told his audience that there are two major criteria when considering a push notification: 1. Is there something I should be doing differently?; and 2. Is this something I need to know now?
Things like declarations of war, earthquakes or acts of terrorism are all perfect examples of things news agencies should inform readers about quickly. But when CNN sent out a push notification about a 115,000 Neanderthal child that was only found "half-eaten" by a bird, Oliver was understandably frustrated.
Chief Justice John Roberts is far from the impartial savior Democrats are hoping he’ll be: PBS host
During an MSNBC panel discussion Sunday evening, Alexander Heffner, PBS host of "The Open Mind," cautioned against putting faith in Chief Justice John Roberts.
In an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, Heffner outlined why Roberts' impartiality isn't exactly what Democrats think it is.
"But I'm tired of hearing about Chief Justice Roberts impartiality, this idea that he's some kind of paragon of constitutional order," Heffner said. "The proof is in the pudding. The reality is this Supreme Court had an opportunity to review the cases about whether the public should have access to Trump's business and personal tax returns, whether the public should have the testimony of [John] Bolton and company."
Ken Starr is an awful choice for Trump’s legal team because he’ll look like a hypocrite: Former federal prosecutor
President Donald Trump has a severe hypocrisy problem, and it has extended to his legal team. In a CNN explainer answering legal questions from viewers, former state and federal prosecutor Eli Honig explained that the choice of Ken Starr for Trump's legal team was a terrible idea.
Trump has chosen lawyers that are like a Fox News legal discussion panel. Pat Cipollone, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Wray, Pam Bondi and Jay Sekulow are all key people Trump has called on to defend him. But one person stands out, Honig explained. Ken Starr.
"He may emerge as a symbol of hypocrisy," Honig said. "He was the independent counsel who pursued Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Ken Starr turned over Heaven and Earth in his investigation of Bill Clinton. He talked to everyone who ever had known Monica Lewinsky, ex-boyfriends, teachers, window washers. And here he's going to say you shouldn't be hearing from primary witnesses?"