Appearing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Democrat Senator Al Franken insinuated that President Trump’s “scare” tactics were a form of terrorism.
Tapper spoke with Franken about the Somali refugees in his state of Minnesota, citing a Justice Department report that ISIS has targeted recruitment efforts toward the refugee community in the twin cities. In light of that finding, Tapper asked Franken if it would make sense to implement a new and more thorough vetting system for refugees.
Franken admitted that “a few” refugees have gone back to Somalia to fight with Al-Shabaab, and to Syria to join ISIS. But, Franken claimed, “That’s just a couple handfuls.”
Franken citied the case of a four-year-old girl waiting in a Ugandan refugee camp who was delayed in joining her mother and two older sisters in late January. “This is what we’re talking about,” he said.
“This four-year old had been vetted for five years,” Franken said, straight-faced.
Tapper immediately asked. “How could she have been vetted for five years if she was four?”
“That was a joke,” Franken claimed, and Tapper laughed awkwardly.
Continuing, Franken said, “I agree with Senator McCain and Senator Graham that actually this kind of ban makes us less safe because it gives a recruiting tool to ISIS and to other jihadists saying that America is anti-Muslim.”
Franken pointed out that Syrian refugees are fleeing terror.
“The whole point of terror is to make you afraid,” Franken said. “I think that Trump and his group are trying to make Americans more afraid. I think that’s part of how they got elected—just make us more afraid.”
When asked by Tapper if he was accusing President Trump of terrorism—by scaring people—Franken replied, “Just because the purpose of terrorism is to make you afraid, and the president has tried to make people afraid doesn’t mean he’s involved with terrorism.”
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