Less than a year ago, Donald Trump made the bold and controversial declaration that, if elected president, he would enact a ban on Muslims entering the United States. During Sunday night’s presidential debate, the Republican presidential nominee received a question on whether his proposal still stands ― and if not, why his position changed.
But Trump deflected.
“The Muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into [an] extreme vetting from certain areas of the world,” he said.
He proceeded to attack President Obama and Hillary Clinton for supporting the country’s efforts to welcome refugees from war-torn areas of the world, including Syria. And he still has not said whether he thinks his initial proposal was a mistake, despite drawing criticism from many fellow Republicans.
Perhaps what Trump doesn’t want to admit is that enforcing a ban on an entire religion is unwise, dangerous and potentially unconstitutional. But rather than apologizing, he has tried to mold the proposal into something that appears more palatable on the surface.
Let’s take a look at exactly how Trump’s proposed Muslim ban has morphed over the last year:
Trump's proposal to ban an entire religion from entering the country was never a good idea. These twists and turns haven't improved upon it in the least. But don't expect an about face from the Donald anytime soon.