Donald Trump released his policy proposals for immigration on Monday, and they were as insane as everybody was expecting. Now Hillary Clinton is calling him out on it.
In a speech in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump outlined his plan for allowing immigrants into the U.S., which features something he calls “extreme vetting.” Those wanting to enter the country would be subject to political tests in which they would be asked questions concerning their stance on things like religious freedom and gay rights. Any social media accounts of applicants would be screened for information deemed to be “anti-American.” Trump explained the idea behind his proposal:
In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles—or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.
Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country—and to embrace a tolerant American society—should be issued visas.
His second statement, that we should reject any immigrants who support “bigotry and hatred,” has become the subject of conversation, with some observers arguing that such a standard would disqualify many of Trump’s own supporters.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has latched onto that idea, and in a brilliant video released on Instagram on Tuesday morning Clinton points out the irony in the statement. The one-minute video starts with Trump’s words while the on-screen caption observes, “Donald’s new test for immigrants… is a test he would fail.”
The remainder of the video features clips from speeches by, and interviews with, The Donald that prove Clinton’s point. His call to ban Muslims, his attack on the judge in the Trump University lawsuit, his interest in appointing judges who would overturn the ruling on marriage equality — it’s all there, directly from Trump’s mouth. It’s almost a textbook definition of “bigotry and hatred.” Oh, but of course, he doesn’t mean HIS bigotry and hatred. He means the bigotry and hatred those sinister foreigners who weren’t fortunate enough to be born American.
There we go again, reminding people of things that Trump actually said. How unfair!
Here is Hillary’s brilliant Instagram post:
Featured image via Instagram screen capture