After one Trump adviser suggested a Muslim registry, Carl Higbie, a spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC, thinks Japanese style Internment camps would be a great idea.
Higbie told Megyn Kelly that a proposed registry would be legal. “I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago,” he said. “We did it during World War II with Japanese. Call it what you will, maybe wrong.”
“You’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope,” Kelly asked, adding, “You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the President-elect is going to do.”
Higbie said, “Look, the president needs to protect America first and if that means having people that are not protected under our constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand…until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it.”
Trump surrogates are already citing Japanese internment camps from WW II as “precedent” for Muslim registry pic.twitter.com/DVnjtom0mc
— Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) November 17, 2016
The Fox host was left in disbelief.
In August, Betsy McCaughey, a surrogate for the Trump campaign, also argued for using Internment camps because learning from history isn’t her forte.
When actor George Takei was five years old, he saw two American soldiers marching up the driveway.
“We were literally ordered out of our home at gunpoint,” he recalled in 2014. The Takei family was taken to Arkansas, where they lived in an internment camp for the duration of the war.
Takei and his siblings were educated at the camp’s school for four years until finally they were permitted to leave when the war ended.
Republicans, we need to have a chat. Why don’t you come up with some new ideas instead of continuing to try to drag us back in history to a time when we were shamed for having Internment camps?
Your beloved Ronald Reagan would not approve of your actions:
In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to compensate more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. The legislation offered a formal apology and paid out $20,000 in compensation to each surviving victim. The law won congressional approval only after a decade-long campaign by the Japanese-American community.
But we know conservatives won’t listen. History will keep repeating itself because we never learn.
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