Donald Trump gave a speech Monday morning in Youngstown, Ohio that detailed his plan to fight “radical Islamic terrorism”. Throughout the speech he spoke very slowly…while reading from a teleprompter, something he has repeatedly chided President Obama for doing.
In his speech, Trump laid out his plans to curb immigration in response to terrorism, calling for a new “ideological screening test” to vet people coming to the United States. Trump said, “We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.”
He called for cyber warfare to hit propaganda efforts online and “extreme, extreme vetting” of immigrants. Trump once again said he would shut down the internet for terrorists, but once again, gave no clue as to how he would actually implement that. Trump said he aims to screen out ISIS sympathizers, people who support bigotry or people who believe Sharia law should supplant American law. It is unclear how those traits would be tested or if the policy would be deemed constitutional.
“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats that we face today. I call it extreme vetting,” Trump said.
Trump’s “Immigration Test” would weed out those people who “support bigotry and hatred.” The Associated Press reported prior to the speech that Trump planned to impose an ideological test for new immigrants to determine their opinions on American values like religious freedom, gender equality, and gay rights.
But there are some within Trump’s own party who might have difficulty passing a test on gay rights and the basic tenets of equality advocated by the gay rights movement, including marriage, anti-discrimination policies, and hate-crime legislation.
Trump himself has said he doesn’t believe in gay marriage, and considers himself a “traditionalist”.
The Republican Party Platform actually supports gay conversion therapy, a process that is extremely abusive. From Mother Jones:
The 2016 Republican Party platform promises to defend “marriage against an activist judiciary,” describing the Supreme Court’s historic 2014 gay marriage ruling this way: “Five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” The document also endorses the “First Amendment Defense Act,” a federal bill—now in committee, and not yet debated—that seeks to allow businesses and individuals to discriminate against LGBT Americans on religious grounds.
The platform also supports “the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children,” a provision that was born out of a fight to allow parents to take their kids to “conversion therapy”—a bogus practice that attempts to “un-gay” patients. Conversion therapy has been made illegal in several states. (According to Time, the original language proposed by Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council and a delegate from Louisiana, was a more strident defense of the “therapy.”) The platform also rejects gay and lesbian families by saying, “A man and a woman family is the best, ideal vehicle for raising children.”
And then there is Trump running mate, Mike Pence. Pence was somewhat of a pioneer in laws allowing businesses to refuse service to gays on religious grounds, when in 2014 he rushed through a bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. National outrage caused Pence to overturn the bill
So, once again, Trump proves himself to be an incredible hypocrite.