Trump says NO to refugees

Trump says NO to refugees

by digby

Apparently, he's going all in now, no exceptions:

Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Tuesday that the United States “should take in zero” Syrian refugees.

“This is very simple, the bottom line is we should take in zero,” Lewandowski said when asked by radio host John Fredericks what a President Trump would do about the refugee crisis.

“t is time — and Mr. Trump has said this, time and time again — to put Americans first.”

He says Syrians don't qualify because they are fleeing a civil war.

Interestingly, Trump was more equivocal earlier:

On September 8th, Trump told Bill O’Reilly: “I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, you have to” accept some refugees.

On September 15th, Trump told Morning Joe that “the answer is possibly yes” to accepting refugees, even though “we have so many problems of our own.”

“There’s only so much we can do — we have to fix our own country,” he explained. “Now, Europe is handling it, Germany has been very generous so far, which is very surprising to me, to be honest with you.”

“But it’s a huge problem, and we should help as much as possible, but we do have to fix our own country,” Trump concluded.

Rubio definitively ruled out a path to citizenship for undocumented workers today which signals a harder line for him as well. And, as you know, Carson ruled out any Muslim president unless they agreed to some ritualized denunciation presumably designed by right wingers.

At the rate these guys are one upping each other, how long before one of them suggests internment camps or full on ethnic cleansing?