- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2017

Rep. Keith Ellison said Monday that the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” order restricting travel from seven countries with a history of terrorism is “absolutely” a Muslim ban.

“It’s absolutely a Muslim ban, and more seriously, it’s a religiously-based ban, which means they [can] pick on Muslims today but who are they going to pick on tomorrow?” Mr. Ellison, Minnesota Democrat and the first Muslim elected to the U.S. House, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mr. Ellison, who is also a candidate to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said President Trump originally said he wanted a “Muslim ban.”

“Then he sent it to some lawyers … to try to language it up so that it could pass muster, but the intent here is very clear: It is a Muslim ban,” he said.

The administration has repeatedly denied that the order restricting immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen — is a “Muslim ban.”

“This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” Mr. Trump said Sunday. “There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”

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