President-elect Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that a terrorist attack in Berlin earlier that week proved him right on his instincts to constrain Muslim immigration.
“You know my plans,” he told the press when asked about a possible registry or ban, outside his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, “All along, I’ve been proven to be right. One hundred percent correct. What’s happening is disgraceful.”
Trump doesn’t appear to know/remember that his own statement (issued in his name) on the Berlin attack said it was an attack on Christians pic.twitter.com/V1MpUm9fM6— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) December 21, 2016
Following terror attacks in Paris last fall, Trump vowed to prohibit Muslims from entering the country as immigrants and visitors. He later softened that line to imposing “extreme vetting” on them and perhaps forcing them to register with federal authorities.
It was rumored that he might give a prominent administration role to Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who has strongly advocated such policies.
Trump has a track record of invoking terror attacks as proof that his ideas on national security are correct. He drew criticism for expressing those sentiments after the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, carried out by a gunman who declared his allegiance to the Islamic State.
Daniel J. Solomon is the Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.