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They support Trump now, but Mike Pence, Paul Ryan once thought banning Muslims was un-American

Past tweets prove it Paul Ryan and Mike Pence once didn't support this ban.

 

Josh Katzowitz

Tech

Published Jan 28, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:55 am CDT

President Donald Trump’s executive order that’s banned citizens from seven Muslim countries and refugees from entering the U.S. has motivated Democratic lawmakers to blast the president all Saturday.

Many Republicans have been publicly silent, but Vice President Mike Pence endorsed the move, clapping as Trump on Friday signed the executive order.

If you wonder what the Mike Pence from December 2015, when he was Indiana’s governor, would have thought about it, you’re not the first to ask that question. Because this is what Pence proclaimed 13 months ago.

Pence later told reporters, “The United States cannot, and should not discriminate on the basis or religion. The free exercise of religion is at the very heart of our constitutional guarantees for all persons in this country.”

Several anonymous Congressional aides spoke to the Washington Post on Saturday and said this was not a ban on all Muslims or on all Muslim-majority countries (the seven nations targeted by Trump are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen).

Despite Trump saying Christian refugees could be prioritized to enter the country, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s spokesperson, AshLee Strong, also told the newspaper, “This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion.”

Said Ryan on Friday: “Our number one responsibility is to protect the homeland. We are a compassionate nation, and I support the refugee resettlement program, but it’s time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa-vetting process. President Trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country.”

But last June, Ryan had a slightly different opinion. As the New York Daily News remembers, here’s what Ryan said at a press conference: “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest, I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party, but as a country.”

He also tweeted this.

Ryan’s latest opinion, which now seems to be in perfect step with Trump, infuriated Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.).

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent—who appears to be the first Republican to respond negatively to the executive order—also has gone on record not supporting Trump’s ban.

Meanwhile, Trump’s order is already being challenged in court, while Iran has moved to ban U.S. citizens from entering the country

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*First Published: Jan 28, 2017, 10:07 am CST