BinC Watch: Maybe Muslims Can Come to the US After All

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In a radio interview on Wednesday, Donald Trump backed off his call to ban Muslims from the United States:

We have a serious problem. It’s a temporary ban. It hasn’t been called for yet. Nobody’s done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.

Come on! It was just a suggestion. Why is everyone getting so upset? Greg Pollowitz updates the scoreboard:

Which Trump “policy” will be the next to fall? Perhaps there’s a clue in Politico’s top story at the moment:

Politico deployed its policy experts to study a week’s worth of Trump commentary and decipher what he’s saying, how his ideas would work and how far he could really go with positions that are unorthodox at best, and often heretical to his party’s ideology.

They actually did this, too, earnestly explaining why Trump’s blathering is idiotic and unrealistic. Their conclusion for pretty much every Trump statement is that (a) he couldn’t do it without congressional approval, and (b) fat chance of that. Still, just by taking Trump seriously they’ve probably done him a favor. You’d almost think his random bloviating added up to a real policy platform.

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