Decisive action. Decisive action aimed at pleasing a rabidly nationalistic base. That's what Trump-Bannon will deliver. Forget careful deliberation. Forget planning. Forget coalition-building. Just give Franklin Graham the Muslim ban he's been praying for.
Green card holders are legal permanent residents of these United States, but Trump's executive order banning foreigners applied to them. Then it didn't apply to them. Then it didn't really seem to matter, as green card holders were being detailed at dozens of airports, both foreign and domestic. It took until late yesterday for the Trump administration to issue another order declaring that green card holders were exempt.
And, congratulations, Trump-Bannon! You now have your first constitutional crisis, as various judges are studying whether you crossed the line.
The order bars entry to refugees from anywhere in the world for 120 days and from Syria indefinitely. That's just exactly how Trump feels about the promise carved into the base of the Statue of Liberty. The order blocks any visitors for 90 days from seven designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. (Majority Muslim countries where Trump does business were noticeably exempt.) The Department of Homeland Security initially said the order would bar green card holders from those seven countries from returning to the United States. Many were trapped in foreign airports, trying to get home.
Trump is now claiming it isn't a Muslim ban. Of course, everyone knows that's precisely what he promised during the campaign, in those exact words. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an interview on Saturday that President Trump had previously asked him about legally implementing a "Muslim ban." Certainly, all the Franklin Grahams in this country understand it as a Muslim ban.
As do all the Muslims in the rest of the world, who are now targets of jihadi propaganda showing conclusively that the United States has a religious crusade underway. All of which makes every last one of us less safe.