August 15, 2016

Donald Trump delivered a "major foreign policy" address to a small audience in Youngstown, Ohio, where he sought to clarify his many misstatements on ISIS, immigration, and the Iraq war.

As part of his plan to halt immigration, Trump promised a temporary ban on anyone coming from countries which might be deemed to be terrorist strongholds. Presumably that would include England, Germany, and the United States itself, since each of those countries has its share of home-grown terrorists.

"The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today," Trump declared. "I call it extreme vetting. I call it extreme - EXTREME - vetting. Our country has enough problems. We don't need more, and these are problems like we've never had before."

The new screening test will apparently also look for people who support Mr. Trump.

"In addition to screening out all members of the sympathizers of terrorist groups we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles or who believe that Shariah law should supplant American law," he continued. "Those who do not believe in our Constitution or who support bigotry and hatred will not be admitted for immigration into our country."

He added, "Only those who we expect to flourish in our country and to embrace a tolerant American society should be issued visas."

Senator Harry Reid got wind of this portion of Trump's speech earlier today, and called for Trump to take the test himself.

“Since Donald Trump wants to impose new tests on immigrants, he should take the one test every immigrant has to pass to become a United States citizen. He would almost certainly fail, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles and functioning of our government," Reid said. "The fact is, Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society who has earned nothing and helped no one."

I'm also fairly certain Trump's supporters are not known to flourish or embrace a tolerant American society, either. I'm not going to wait to see if he includes them on his deportation list, though. I think we all know the answer to that.

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