Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, has denounced Donald Trump’s idea to bar entry of Muslims into the U.S. and called on his opponent, Republican incumbent Sen. John Boozman, to do the same.
Banning people from the United States of America based on their faith is contrary to our founding principles — and it sets a very troubling precedent.
That’s why I’m calling on Senator Boozman to denounce Donald Trump once and for all, and asking Boozman to join me in working to end such hateful rhetoric in our political discourse.
I’ve sent a message to the Boozman campaign seeking a comment. I can’t find that he’s yet directly addressed Trump’s remark.
Even Sen. Tom Cotton has denounced Trump, though he gave himself some wiggle room for being unwelcoming to Muslims. From Politico on Cotton’s appearance on “Morning Joe” (one of a spate of media appearances that lend substance to the idea that he’s positioning for a White House race someday):
“Joe, I strongly disagree with that and Mr. Trump has begun to walk it back,” the freshman Republican senator told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” In the end, though, we have to recognize that there is a small number of Muslims around the world who oppose Western civilization and want to launch terror attacks against us.”
…On Tuesday, Cotton told radio host Bill Bennett that he would not support Trump’s proposal but added that, “at the same time we shouldn’t allow political correctness to get in the way of recognizing that there are a large number of radical Muslims around the world who would like to come to the United States and attack Americans.”
Problem is, of course, how do you tell the good Muslim from the bad Muslim? Far easier to profile women with head scarves, men with beards and names that sound funny.
Also: as I noted earlier, how seriously should we take a denunciation from a politician who opposes the entry of Syrian refugees? Not all are Muslims, but they are feared precisely because most of them are.
Both Cotton and Boozman have called for a moratorium on resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. Conner Eldridge has also called for suspension of President Obama’s Syrian resettlement program.
So, does denouncing Trump really amount to much difference? As Cotton noted, Trump has described his ban as temporary until the U.S. can figure out, in his words, “what is going on.”
Anybody else feel a little touch of deja vu in Trump’s undoubtedly inadvertent echo of the title of Marvin Gaye’s Vietnam-protest-era hit?
Stay tuned. After “What’s Going On,” I’ve got Buffalo Springfield cued up with “For What It’s Worth.” You know. “There’s a man with a gun over there. Telling me I’ve got to beware …. “
I’m not expecting any Arkansas politicians to join me at karaoke.