Nobody at the Department of Justice or Homeland Security or State Department was reportedly consulted on the how, where, who and whats of the executive order, which was drafted under the guidance of Trump aide Steve Bannon. Not even the White House Office of Legal Counsel was consulted. The only documented outside advice came from Rudy Giuliani, who says Trump called him to ask how a ban on Muslim entry could be carried out legally.
The reason that Bannon and his little cabal refused to consult with experts is because the experts would have told him how useless and provocative and even dangerous the move would be, and they didn't want to hear that. At the Pentagon, for example, they're highly concerned about the impact on U.S forces in Muslim countries. If you're an Iraqi, Syrian or Afghani interpreter putting your life on the line right now on behalf of American forces, hoping it might be a ticket out of there, what do you think your attitude is today? If you're a young man wondering whether it's true that America is engaged in a war against Islam, what are your thoughts after this?
Under the order, Christians from those nations would be given special exemptions, while Muslims would not. In short, the federal government will now treat you differently depending on which religious faith that you follow. According to the executive order, they are trying to weed out those who would engage in "acts of bigotry" in this country, but by using a person's religion as the prime evidence against him or her, the order is itself an act of blatant bigotry.
In the photograph above, Vice President Mike Pence stands to Trump's side as he signs the executive order. Here's what that same Pence had to say about the idea a little more than a year ago:
House Speaker Paul Ryan was, at one point, a vocal opponent of such a step.
Now, Ryan also supports the concept. When you strongly condemn a proposal on moral and constitutional grounds, then fall into support when that proposal is actually acted upon, you have shown yourself to be a coward and a hypocrite.
And just in case you missed it, because that's easy to do, a senior Chinese military official now says openly that war against the United States is "a practical reality." Officials in Mexico are warning that if they're going to be treated as enemies then they might have to act that way. And our new president has removed the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence as regular members of the National Security Council, to be replaced by Bannon.
And this is Day Nine.