From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:
Of course, our current President isn’t saddled with my peculiar bias about American exceptionalism. For him, “America first” doesn’t seem to have anything to do with America being different or better, but with some vague idea of “winning”. Team America is just a Team. And maybe that is why his statement marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day lacks any reference to Jews or anti-Semitism–he lacks historical perspective. (Or, because his image is so allied with the alt-right, it would have just been off-brand to mention it.) Also, because he has no historical perspective of our American exceptionalism, he chose this particular day to announce what amounts to a Muslim ban.
You could call it racist or insensitive or whatever. I would call it stupid–banning Muslims and showing favoritism to Christians is exactly what ISIS wants us to do. It’s not a show of strength, but cowardice. And also, it is a unique cruelty to those who had hope. It doesn’t make America great–it reminds of another time when we erred and chose to be small, and of the needless deaths that should haunt us to this day. We can mouth “Never again”–but this is our opportunity to do the right thing, denied because of littleness and fear.