Even though conservatives try to frame Donald Trump’s executive order as not being a Muslim ban, the alleged president has said that it is and it’s also written on his campaign website. That is, until it was deleted earlier today after a reporter asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer about the wording. The 2015 press release is now scrubbed, as well as all of its other campaign statements.
“Minutes after we asked the WH why the President’s campaign website still calls for a Muslim ban, it appears the statement was deleted,” ABC News’s Cecilia Vega tweeted.
Minutes after we asked the WH why the President’s campaign website still calls for a Muslim ban, it appears the statement was deleted https://t.co/BBX9oiIczx
— Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVega) May 8, 2017
But the Internet is forever so it can’t be simply deleted.
Moments after Spicer was asked about this Trump campaign page calling for a Muslim ban, it went blank. But Wayback Machine still has it pic.twitter.com/OAQnVNwpdi
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) May 8, 2017
The Hill notes that the section of Trump’s site holding campaign “Statements” is now empty, as are those for “Announcements,” “Endorsements” and “Ads.”
Cecilia Vega asked Spicer about the proposal during Monday’s press briefing.
“If this White House is no longer calling this a Muslim ban, as the president did initially, why does the president’s website still explicitly call for ‘preventing Muslim immigration’ and it says ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’” Vega asked Spicer.
According to what Spicer said, he was not aware of what was on the campaign website but he insisted that the administration’s policy is a travel ban based on nationality, not religion.
“It’s in this country’s national security interest to make sure that people who are coming in here are coming in here with the right motives and reasons and that we’re having a public safety aspect to making sure that we’re protecting our people,” Spicer said.
“We’ve been very consistent since the first day of this administration on this,” he added.
Vega pressed Spicer on the website’s press release but Spicer insisted that “the intent of the travel ban was very clear.”
The 2015 press release had called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives and figure out what is going on.”
During testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was questioned over her position on the Muslim ban. Trump fired Yates for not defending his executive order. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn both brought up her feelings on the Muslim ban, then both of them got their asses handed to them by the former Acting Attorney General.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments on Monday for Trump’s revised travel ban, which called for a 120-day halt on all refugee resettlement and a 90-day pause on immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries wishing to enter the U.S. It’s a lot like the first executive order. The revised order leaves out one country, instead of banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.