Mainstream media outlets ran splashy headlines applauding Joe Biden for reversing the Trump Administration’s travel ban on countries unable to control terrorists. Democrats chanted “xenophobic,” a word first popularized by Hillary Clinton during the run-up to the 2016 elections. The three-dollar-word has been trending on fake news and liberal platforms ever since.
Biden did indeed sign an executive order overturning the previous administration’s mandate against 7 Muslim majority countries. But what newly-minted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stammers and stutters over is explaining why Biden’s wide-sweeping travel bans against South America and Africa are not “xenophobic” but Trump’s are.
When pressed by members of the White House Press Corps over the difference, Psaki delivered a baffling and incoherent response.
“I don’t think that’s quite a fair articulation. The president has been clear that he felt the ‘Muslim ban’ was xenophobic. He overturned the Muslim ban. He also, though, has supported — and he himself, even before, or we did, I should say, even before he was inaugurated, steps, travel restrictions, in order to keep the American people safe to ensure that we are getting the pandemic under control,” Psaki reportedly said. “That’s been part of his policy.”
To bad for her, Twitter is forever. Here’s Biden’s tweet calling Trump xenophobic.
We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020
A room of dumbfounded reporters made zero sense of Psaki’s answer that appears to reflect the general confusion of a Biden response. She may have anticipated that members of the mostly liberal press corps would toe the party line. Fake news outlets were satisfied with the anti-Trump barb that he “overturned the Muslim ban.” But there are still a few self-respecting journalists embedded who are not affiliated with liberal-leaning corporations.
The part that has gone underreported is that Biden and fellow Democrats referred to the COVID-19 travels restrictions as “hysterical xenophobia and fearmongering.” Now that he — or the people pulling his strings — are tasked with making decisions, White House travel bans target countries in African and South America. If this were Pres. Trump signing those executive orders, the words “racist,” “white supremacy,” and “xenophobia” would be splattered all over television, websites, print, and social media. Instead, these are a sampling of trending Biden-related headlines.
- Biden dogs set paws on White House grounds ~ ABC News
- Biden aims to tackle another American crisis: Race ~ CNN
- Biden to outline racial equity plan, sign executive actions ~ NBC News
- Presidential pups Champ and Major join Bidens at the White House ~ MSNBC
What smells to high Heaven is that Biden has effectively restricted more people of color and Muslims than the Trump Administration and the media won’t report it all all. The Middle East is largely under lockdown due to the pandemic. The previous administration had lifted travel restrictions from Brazil and South Africa because their health and testing measures were stringent enough to mitigate risk to Americans. Biden shut the door to both nations in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to eliminate all things Trump.
The conclusion of Psaki’s head-spinning answer manages to contradict those true facts without any significant pushback from the establishment media.
“But he was critical of the former president for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions,” Psaki reportedly said. “And he conveyed at the time, and more recently, the importance of having a multifaceted approach … not just travel restrictions.”
The Trump Administration travel bans were based on failures to follow through with security measures that could prevent terrorists from getting on planes. In essence, the Trump Administration deterred Islamic extremists from hostage-taking and prevented another 9/11 for four years. Biden scuttled those safety measures and proceeded to add unnecessary ones. Americans will sleep well knowing the word “xenophobic” no longer applies to travel bans, even if terrorists can now get on planes and crash them into American buildings.