After President Trump signed the executive order banning travel from terror-prone countries, liberals completely lost their minds. Of course, liberals pulled out the usual criticisms: it’s racist, it’s xenophobic, it’s Islamophobic, and, it’s bigoted.
Ironically, when progressives accuse Americans of such bigotry, they’re never able to point to a place more racially and religiously tolerant than the United States. If Trump’s policy was motivated by bigotry, Americans would certainly oppose it. In reality, the temporary ban was necessary for national security, as the countries in question have been identified by intelligence agencies as potential exporters of terrorism.
And, it’s not just Americans worried about the threat. Europeans have had to live through multiple terrorist attacks due to their immigration policies, and they have had enough.
In fact, a new poll reveals the majority of Europeans are willing to go even farther than President Trump by supporting a complete Muslim ban.
From Chatham House:Drawing on a unique, new Chatham House survey of more than 10,000 people from 10 European states, we can throw new light on what people think about migration from mainly Muslim countries. Our results are striking and sobering. They suggest that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump’s electorate in the US but is fairly widespread. In our survey, carried out before President Trump’s executive order was announced, respondents were given the following statement: ‘All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’. They were then asked to what extent did they agree or disagree with this statement. Overall, across all 10 of the European countries an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% disagreed.
Majorities in all but two of the ten states agreed, ranging from 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany and 51% in Italy to 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain. In no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32%.
The poll reveals what many Americans already know to be true: the majority of the people in Western democracies are concerned about the growing threat of radical Islam. Despite the rhetoric that America is uniquely racist, Europeans are even more supportive of travel and immigration bans, making President Trump’s executive order look tame in comparison.
Europe has experienced a troubling increase in terrorist attacks carried out by supporters of radical Islam, including attacks by individuals that came to Europe as Syrian refugees.
President Trump has taken a proactive approach to avoid the same problem in the United States, seeking to learn from the mistakes of our overseas allies. If he isn’t allowed to succeed, it’s possible more lives will be lost, causing attitudes toward immigration at home to mirror those of Europe.
Rhetoric aside, the narrative that President Trump’s travel ban was bigoted is clearly false. If American liberals want to win over public opinion, they should allow the administration an opportunity to act in the interest of national security before taking in more refugees.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]