During today’s coronavirus press briefing, President Trump said “I was called xenophobic by sleepy Joe Biden. I was called a racist by Democrats…. I was called a racist because I decided I didn’t want people who could hurt our country to come in”
President Trump points out that he was called ‘Xenophobic’ by Joe Biden and ‘Racist’ by Democrats for restricting travel with China back in January.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 21, 2020
January 31st, President Trump announced a ban of all foreign nationals traveling to the United States who have traveled in China in the last two weeks.
The same day Joe Biden tweeted:
Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is a direct betrayal of America’s most fundamental freedom: religious freedom.
And now he’s adding more countries to his list of who’s not welcome in America. It’s not who we are — and we’ll prove that when we beat Trump this November and end the ban.
Donald Trump's Muslim ban is a direct betrayal of America’s most fundamental freedom: religious freedom. And now he's adding more countries to his list of who's not welcome in America.
It's not who we are — and we'll prove that when we beat Trump this November and end the ban. pic.twitter.com/qdlU5P7MZQ
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) January 31, 2020
The next day, Joe Biden wrote in a post on Medium:
Three years ago, he took aim at Muslim-majority nations. This time, he targeted primarily African nations — including Nigeria, the largest economy and the most populous nation on the continent, and Sudan, a country striving to transition to civilian rule after decades of dictatorship. The “Muslim Ban,” this new “African Ban,” Trump’s atrocious asylum and refugee policies — they are all designed to make it harder for black and brown people to immigrate to the United States. It’s that simple. They are racist. They are xenophobic.
And there is no evidence that they do anything to make us safer. If anything, they endanger the best tools we have to fight terrorism — our globe-spanning network of alliances and partnerships. They erode our moral standing in the world and make it less likely that other nations will work with us to take on terrorist threats before they can reach our shores.
Immigrants from each of these countries and their broader diaspora communities here in the United States enrich the larger fabric of American life as our friends and neighbors and make vital contributions to our economy. They make our nation stronger. The United States has a meaningful history of offering safety and opportunity to peoples of every nation — no matter where they come from, no matter if they are rich or poor, no matter the faith they follow.
Donald Trump is doing everything in his power to destroy that legacy. It’s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed.