Washington Post on Trump immigration proposal: Republicans not Americans

trump-waterboardOn Monday, the Washington Post melted down with an article headlined: “Americans reject Trump’s Muslim ban, but Republicans embrace it,” Breitbart.com’s John Nolte reported.  The implication was clear — those opposed to Trump’s idea are Americans while others are not.

Since then, the Post edited the headline, but the article essentially says the same thing.

Here’s the Post headline before the edit, as shown at Breitbart.com:


Here’s the current headline:

WaPo edit

Maddening?  Yeah. And that’s putting it mildly.

The Post added:

A majority of Republicans support presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to temporarily block Muslims from entering the United States, even as a clear majority of the public overall rejects the idea in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey finds broad sympathy for Muslims in the United States following recent terrorist attacks in Paris and California. The poll shows that more than seven in 10 adults think Muslims in the United States face discrimination for their religion, with nearly six in 10 saying such discrimination is not justified. Fewer than three in 10 say mainstream Islam encourages violence against non-Muslims, a similar finding to surveys conducted before the recent violence.

This poll would seem to contradict one put out last week by Rasmussen, until one notices that this is a poll of registered voters, not likely voters — yes, there’s a difference, which is why Rasmussen uses likely voters.  It also matters how the question is asked.  This is what the Post asked its voters:

“Trump has proposed banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the United States for the time being. He says this would improve security against terrorism. Others say security would not be improved, and it’s wrong to bar people from the United States because of their religion. What’s your opinion – would you support a ban on Muslims entering the United States, or do you think this would be the wrong thing to do?”

Compare that to the question asked by Rasmussen:

“Do you favor or oppose a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?”

As you can see, it’s easy to spot the built-in bias of the Post question.  When asked that way, people are naturally going to oppose.  When asked a more neutral question, like the one presented by Rasmussen, people will tend to be more open and honest.

Nolte added:

Apparently, the Washington Post no longer sees Republicans as Americans because 59% of them support Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration until our government gets its act together. One wonders, though, if the Washington Post believes that the 38% of Republicans who oppose Trump’s proposal qualify as Americans?

Nah, the Washington Post doesn’t even see Republicans as humans.

Both polls show that a huge number of Republicans support Trumps plan.  The Rasmussen poll shows that 46 percent of ALL likely voters also support the idea while 40 percent are opposed.

Which poll should one believe?  Personally, I believe Rasmussen’s is probably closer to the mark.  As for the Post, well, I’ll tend to side with Nolte on this one:  “If Washington Post staffers are still confused over why they are now working out of a low-rent building,  this kind of demagoguery and hate hurled at 50% of the country would be a good place to start.”


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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