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More Anti-religious Talk And Violence
During The First Two Months Of
Donald Trump's Presidency.
President's approval rating sinks.

2017-FEB-09 to 12.

Part 6

Donald Trump 1

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FEB-09: Injunction against the seven Muslim country ban was upheld in federal Circuit Court:

Thursday evening, A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the Seattle District Court's earlier injunction, which was temporary. It had suspended President Trump's executive order that ban the entry to the U.S. of all refugees and citizens from seven predominately Muslim Middle East countries. The federal government had argued that the temporary suspension of the executive order should be cancelled immediately for national security reasons. The panel of judges rejected this argument, writing:

"The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has [ever] perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States, Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all." 2

They also wrote that the Government's suggestion that the court did not have the authority to suspend the order:

"... runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy." 3

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A few minutes later, President Trump tweeted: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!" A tweet in all-capital letters is interpreted on social media as a form of yelling. Two U.S. Senators reacted to the court ruling:

  • Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said:

    "President Trump ought to see the handwriting on the wall that his executive order is unconstitutional. He should abandon this proposal, roll up his sleeves and come up with a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe."

  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said:

    "If the President were serious about bringing our country together and keeping us safe, he would rescind this arbitrary and discriminatory order and recall what makes our country great."

This ruling by the three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may be appealed very quickly, either to the full 9th Circuit Court or to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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In a country like the United States in which the Constitution guarantees virtually universal freedom of speech, the population can be difficult to control. Some leaders use a well known technique: creating fear among the public. Individuals who are scared become much easier to control. They become much more accepting of gradual change in their government that involves abandoning the federal Constitution and installing an autocracy.

The best defense against fear of Muslim terrorists triggered by Trump's executive order ban is to realize that the total number of fatal terror attacks on U.S. soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven predominately Muslim countries included in the ban (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) has been: ............... zero. That is correct: Murders by refugees: 0 each year; Murders by others: on the order of 16,000 per year. 4

The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center on 2001-SEP-11 was perpetrated by 19 Muslim terrorists of whom 16 came from Saudi Arabia which is not on Trump's ban order. The remaining 3 came from other countries, none of which are listed in the executive order.

Professor Charles Kurzman, at the University of North Carolina who has studied religiously-motivated terrorism, said:

"Contrary to alarmist political rhetoric, the appeal of revolutionary violence has remained very limited among Muslim-Americans. Let’s use this empirical evidence to guide our policy-making and public debates on violent extremism."

"... instead of inflating the threat of extremism, Trump and the rest of us ought to treat it as the small-time criminal enterprise that it is, matching our response to the scale of the problem."

"Let’s stand strong. Stop giving terrorists the obsessive attention and inflated importance that they crave." 4

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Is there a cause and effect relationship between the executive order and some of the previously mentioned anti-Muslin & anti-Jewish attacks?

As of 2017-FEB, when this essay was originally placed on line, there is no way to tell.

This series of articles, which discuss the first weeks of Trump's presidency, has described acts of mass murder, violence, and arson against people and facilities of minority religions. It is quite possible that President Trump's executive order might have triggered at least some of these hate-based terrorist acts. After all, a person holding the highest office in the country -- the President of the United States -- has treated mainly Muslim immigrants from these seven countries with great contempt, even to the extent of ignoring protection for minorities embedded in the U.S. Constitution. That contempt may have motivated and enabled other persons to mount terrorist attacks on persons of other religions.

On the other hand, it is also possible that President Trump's executive order may not have been involved in these acts. The perpetrators might have been planning their attacks for some time independent of the President's activities. Hopefully, we will obtain clarity when these events are fully studied by police.

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JAN-20 to FEB-12: President Trump's Approval/Disapproval ratings during his first three weeks in office:

Gallup is committing major polling resources to track President Trump's ratings on a daily basis. The date at the left side of this chart is 2017-JAN-20, the day when he was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. On JAN-22, a rolling three-day average of the three daily polling results collected to date showed that American adults were evenly split with 45% approval and 45% disapproval of his presidency. By FEB-12, his approval rating had sunk by about 5 percentage points to 40%. His disapproval rating had risen about 10 points to 55%, opening up approximately a 15 percentage point gap:

President trump: daily ratings 5

Chris Enloe, writing for The Blaze newsletter said:

"... it took Trump just eight days in office to reach a majority disapproval after he issued a slew of executive orders during his first week as president, making good on campaign promises. Before Trump, no other president in American history had a majority disapproval so soon into office."

He is establishing many records early in his term; all are negative. This is not a promising beginning.

Two other pieces of information:

  • President Obama's approval rating was 58% at the end of his presidency.

  • Congress had a 19% approval rating at the start of their new session on 2017-JAN-13; this is even lower than the new President's rating. 6

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MAR-10: Update to the President's poll numbers:

Rick Salutin, a columnist for the Toronto Star, reported:

"His numbers are holding up rather well. A recent poll has him tied at 46 per cent each on approval or disapproval of his policies; 55 per cent approve his leadership versus 41 per cent who do not; on overall approval or disapproval rating he’s ahead at 47 to 44 per cent.

A recent poll has him tied 46-46 on policy support, ahead 55-41 on leadership, and at overall 47-44 approval. That’s better than his election result. What accounts for it? It’s not that his backers are unaware of his flaws. They’ve always known, they just don’t care." 7

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. The "Trump Cube" image was created by Pete Linforth and was downloaded from the Pixabay web site of "free high quality images," at: https://pixabay.com/
  2. Rex Huppke, "Appeals court introduces President Trump to Mr. Checks and Mrs. Balances," Chicago Tribune, 2017-FEB-09, at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/
  3. David Lauter, "Judges rebuke administration claim that Trump order is unreviewable," Los Angeles Time, 2017-FEB-09, at: http://www.latimes.com/
  4. Christopher Mathias, "There Have Been No Fatal Terror Attacks In The U.S. By Immigrants From The 7 Banned Muslim Countries," 2017-JAN-28, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
  5. "Gallup Daily: Trump Job Approval," Gallup, as on 2016-FEB-13, at: http://www.gallup.com/
  6. Chris Enloe, "Gallup: Trump’s disapproval rating continues to soar while his approval rating tanks," The Blaze, 2017-FEB-13, at: http://www.theblaze.com/
  7. Rick Salutin, "Trump and the quiet desperation factor," The Star, 2016-MAR-10, at: https://www.thestar.com/

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Posted on: 2017-FEB-13

Last update on: 2017-MAR-10
Author:
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