Trump supporter cites Japanese internment to justify Muslim registry

Former Navy SEAL and Trump supporter Carl Higbie spoke to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly about Trump’s plans to implement a registry of Muslim immigrants.

Higbie then invoked Japanese internment as a precedent that could justify Trump’s Muslim plan.

Said Higbie: “We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, call it what you will, maybe wrong.”


Higbie went on to say he wasn’t proposing internment camps, but there is precedent for it, he said, even though he’s not saying he agrees with it.

Megyn Kelly pushed back and told him you can’t cite Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is going to do.

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33 Responses to “Trump supporter cites Japanese internment to justify Muslim registry”

  1. Badgerite says:

    Korematsu really involved a war time scenario where a military attack on an American State had occurred. That is a whole different scenario than a peacetime proposal to basically single out a particular group of immigrants based on ethnicity or religion for different treatment. So, the internment camp stuff should never be even coming out of their stupid mouths. It is wholly offensive.
    And they might just get booed next time they want to go see a Broadway show.
    And immigrants, even illegal immigrants, have due process rights under the Constitution. What Eisenhower did in the 1950s has been superseded by some decisions of the Supreme Court in 2001 relating to detention and deportation of illegal immigrants and the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. There are certain Due Process restrictions even on deportation for a criminal offense.

  2. Badgerite says:

    If they want to bring back waterboarding and “worse”, who, exactly, were they planning on using these “enhanced interrogation techniques” (methods of torture) on? Do they really believe that anyone left in Gitmo knows anything worth waterboarding them for anymore. They have been there for almost two decades now. What information could they possibly have. We know where Osama Bin Ladin is.
    He’s dead. ISIS is in the process of being defeated on the ground in Iraq and I’m sure later Syria.
    Who is it we need to waterboard and what for? To me, Radical Islam looks to be on the decline somewhat and one of the reasons for that decline is how badly they have decimated their own societies. Those societies are their base of support and if they reject their ways, their methods and political and religious ideology, the region might have a chance to stabilize. Right now, there is a war going on and the aim of Special Ops Forces is to kill the ISIS leaders. Not waterboard them.
    What they are afraid of is the influence of peaceful Americans of the Islamic religion. They believe they can’t trust them to not at some point become the majority and impose Islam on them. How, in the hell, is ‘waterboarding’ going to help with that fear? Anyone? Anyone?

  3. Badgerite says:

    I don’t really think the country is quite as sold as you do on any of this shit.
    I think active resistance and solidarity with those being targeted can do a lot.
    North Carolina is still going to suffer from an economic boycott because of that anti trans bathroom bill. Hilary Clinton won the vote by over a million and counting. Liberals and progressives are still and will remain an active force in this country.
    This is America. We get to express our views. We get to vote with out pocket book in solidarity with others, etc.

  4. mf_roe says:

    When the enemy is doing something that will ultimately be self-destructive HELP him, don’t warn him. The election can NOT be undone, but the next election can be won.
    IF–IF Trump is total evil help him reveal himself to his fawning followers. IF this country accepts trump’s ACTIONS IT IS NOT WORTHY OF MY ALLEGIANCE.

    Trump’s prize will turn to ashes as a direct result of his actions not from any outside attack. Trump is like the AIDS virus destroying the very things that empower our form of government the idea of shared goals and mutually agreed policy. Without those things there is no authority to be had just brute violent power. Reigniting the Civil War WILL NOT be good for TRUMP.

  5. Badgerite says:

    I like the idea of half the country showing up to sign up for the proposed Muslim Registry. Then they will have to sort us all out. Resistance can be fun.

  6. UncleBucky says:

    While it doesn’t please me, Chinese universities are recruiting…..

  7. kurtsteinbach says:

    Oh, the revenge wars will be EPIC, positively Epic. It’s always big and Epic when a large den of snakes attack and begin eating each other on National TV and on the Internet. These Revenge Wars will make the election look like a Girl Scout picnic, I’m sure. I may even go overseas and teach English for a few years, just so I can be far enough away from it to laugh at it. . . .

  8. Houndentenor says:

    Toll roads are everywhere now. I’ve never lived anywhere with so many. And they aren’t always all that clearly marked so you can easily get on one without realizing it. it’s $2 here and $5 there but it’s still bullshit.

  9. kurtsteinbach says:

    I read a few days ago that they’re having trouble putting a National Security Staff together. Even most people from the Bush Administration don’t want to kill their careers by being a part of a Trump Administration, not even until he commits an impeachable offense. . .

  10. Badgerite says:

    trump’s idea of “infrastructure spending” is tax credits for businesses to privatize things like roadways. See toll roads.

  11. Houndentenor says:

    I can’t say that I would recommend any foreign student, especially anyone from Africa, the middle east or Asia, to come here right now. It would probably be okay but if they have other options, why would they pick the one that seems so dangerous and unstable.

    As for business, no one knows what Trump actually meant and what he was just saying to rev up a crowd. Will he really follow through on promises? Which ones? Who wants to do business with so many question marks? What a mess. I can’t people voted for that fool.

  12. Badgerite says:

    Oh who knows. I think they are just trying to pretend to the Trump Monster’s more gullible supporters that he is actually interested in doing any of the things he said and wasn’t just blowing smoke up their a**es.
    I think he meant immigrants as in recent immigrants but who knows.
    And if they are recent immigrants, why in the world would they need a “registry”? All of their data would have to already be on file somewhere. So is it just to make them feel as if they are suspect or what?

  13. kurtsteinbach says:

    Well we were, until about 9 days ago. . . .

  14. kurtsteinbach says:

    Well to be honest, bush invaded Iraq because Saddam tried to have his daddy assassinated, supposedly. And that just can’t be tolerate./s

  15. kurtsteinbach says:

    Democrats =/= GOP. We do not do that. If Chump has some good ideas such as infrastructure, we will support it. If it’s good for the country, Democrats will support it. If it is bad for the country, or has attachments like a Muslim Registry or other bad crap, we will oppose it. . . .

  16. kurtsteinbach says:

    Will this Muslim Registry mean that Muslims born in the United States have to register? You know, like members if the nation of Islam, for instance. Trump is opening a can of worms that he cannot hope to contain. . When will Donald Trump come for each of us? .

  17. kurtsteinbach says:

    I agree. The only reason kids in Private Schools do better, in some cases, is because they get to pick and choose their students. K-12 Public Schools, do not get to pick their schools. BTW, Special Education students will be screwed under Trump. IDEA may be repealed, and I’m sure the ADA will be targeted, eventually. I mean Trump is the idiot who made fun of a disabled journalist on National Television. Trump doesn’t read, how’s that for stupid. . . .

  18. kurtsteinbach says:

    You forgot to mention that people who start companies, also hire people , so our economy will take a big hit. How long will it be until International markets get together and decide to stop using the USD as the Standard for trade?

  19. UncleBucky says:

    And that is another intentional outcome. They want to destroy US Education.

  20. Badgerite says:

    Very bad news. Sorry.

  21. Houndentenor says:

    My university is facing a crisis. Foreign students, not just Muslims, are not applying for admission next fall. They are a huge source of income for universities, especially the large ones. Meanwhile applications at schools in Canada and other countries are up. Some of those students are among the best and brightest in the world and they stay here and do research or start tech companies, etc. But now they aren’t coming. I guess that makes the racists happy, but the rest of us can see that no longer attracting the top students in the world will diminish us economically.

  22. Badgerite says:

    The guy should just do a little googling.
    “In 1988, Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to compensate more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II.”
    They were also issued a formal apology.
    Korematsu v United States may never have been overturned. But it has been repudiated.
    What’s more, the constitutional test involved was a compelling government interest and the state did argue that they feared an invasion of the west coast by Japan after the air raid assault on Pearl Harbor. At least they could point to a some kind of rationale.
    What exactly is the state’s dire emergency here that would require a Muslim registry other than to humiliate immigrants or American citizens who follow Islam as their religion? If they are here legally, the government already knows who and where they are. So the point of this is? What is the compelling government interest that this serves? Or even a rational nexus to a legitimate government purpose.
    And the answer is…….NOTHING. Campaign promises are not a legitimate government interest.
    Neither is “just because”, or “we want to” or “it makes us look tough”. By law, they actually have to have a reason for this and a daaaarned good one. And even if they could come up with that, they would need to show that there was no less invasive means of achieving it. Which would be hard to do since the federal government should already have on file somewhere the names and addresses of immigrants in this country Muslim or otherwise. And if they want a “registry for citizen” based on their religion….um…I don’t think so. Fundamental constitutional rights still exist in this country. Trump Fuhrer or no Trump Fuhrer.

  23. dcinsider says:

    I hope the gay internment camps are at least decorated by Pottery Barn. I mean, really, do they expect us to live in tents?

  24. Zorba says:

    Japanese internment: “Maybe wrong”? Maybe? And there is a “precedent”?
    It was human rights abuse, and a crime against humanity. Period.

  25. PattyJM says:

    the post of the day!

  26. goulo says:

    Hmm, I typed the comment to which I’m replying on the post about Chris Christie getting booted, and now I see it on the post about Japanese internment camps. WTF is up with Disqus?

  27. Quilla says:

    Few things:

    Is Donald purposely making these bone-head decisions (or, is his son-in-law…?) so that, at some point before January, adults in the room will tell him he didn’t win, he can’t pretend to be President, he must go home and let qualified people take this job.

    The good folks leaving the White House must put in storage anything of value that belongs to the nation, especially the silverware, dishes, paintings, furniture, rugs, etc.

    The Democrats in Congress should treat Donald – should he truly become Dear Leader – exactly the same as the Republicans treated President Obama.

    And media: Where’s your freaking outrage at the bigotry coming from this deplorable group?

    Can’t believe this is happening.

  28. emjayay says:

    Why do guys like Rogers always give transparently bullshit statements in these kinds of situations? And he defended Trump in later questioning.

    I guess it is more important to them to make the Republican party look competent even if the actual Republican administration is a train wreck only days into its president elect period. And they don’t want to alienate anyone who might possibly hire them for millions later.

  29. dcinsider says:

    It’s like that time a President invaded a country because they talked really bad about his Dad.

  30. Dover Bill says:

    How are we any different than Turkey?

  31. goulo says:

    > How incredibly petty, if true. And what’s worse, Kushner is supposed to
    be acting in the best interests of Donald Trump, not the best interest
    of a cold dish of revenge for his own father.

    True, but in all fairness, minimizing contact with Chris Christie surely IS in the best interests of Donald Trump (and anyone else, for that matter). ;)

  32. Bose says:

    Maybe it will all be cast as the new way to starve government… there won’t be enough long-loyal Trumpists to staff the White House, much less the administration… there were only anemic policy shops run during the campaign which atrophied with disuse… yet, it will all be the greatest America ever.

  33. brel1 says:

    The revenge wars are going to be interesting. Not that it will take our minds of the potential horrors of the election.

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