Lindsey Graham Claims Travel Ban Isn’t ‘Religious’ But It’s Necessary Because ‘We Are At War With Radical Islam’

Lindsey Graham Claims Travel Ban Isn’t ‘Religious’ But It’s Necessary Because ‘We Are At War With Radical Islam’

Come on now!

In the wake of Tuesday morning’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding the third version of the Trump administration’s travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority countries, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took to Twitter to celebrate the ruling while maintaining that the ban itself wasn’t religious.

And he said it was necessary because the United States is “at war with radical Islam.”

“As I stated when the new Executive Order was issued, it is not a religious ban,” the South Carolina lawmaker wrote. “The order was focused on countries that are in true states of disarray and would have great difficulty vetting to ensure terrorists are not coming into the United States.”

In his very next tweet, as you can see above, Graham declared “[w]e are at war with radical Islam and must act accordingly to protect our nation.”

I mean…

After previous orders were shot down by federal courts, the most recent iteration of the travel ban was repackaged to include North Korea and Venezuela and was framed as a non-permanent move to protect national security. In a dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that the latest version “does little to cleanse [the policy] of the appearance of discrimination that the president’s words have created.”

She added, “Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.”

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.