I spent the Sunday after the ban was announced with thousands of others protesting at Los Angeles International Airport. I reported on it here. It was one of the most spontaneous, organic demonstrations I have ever seen in my life. Yet, this is how Trump dismissed us. He was blaming everyone but himself for the problems with the Muslim ban. I quote two paragraphs for context:
That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports. You had some people that were put out there, brought by very nice busses, and they were put out at various locations.
Despite that the only problem that we had is we had a bad court. We had a court that gave us what I consider to be, with great respect, a very bad decision. Very bad for the safety and security of our country. The rollout was perfect.
I know the courts always claim that their decisions are independent of popular opinion, but I think these massive protests had a lot to do with three federal courts having the courage to refuse Trump, and his administration lacking the will to violate the courts' orders.
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This notion of blaming the people's uprising on the machinations of some 3rd party is not a Donald Trump original. In this regard he is merely imitating the propaganda practices of Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Muammar Gaddafi and many other "anti-imperialists," including many on the US Left, who can never allow the people their own agency.
Syria is the Paris Commune of the 21st Century!