Trump supporter and former Navy Seal Carl Higbie appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly Wednesday evening, where he offered his thoughts on the president-elect’s proposal for a “Muslim registry.” What that would involve, according to some, is a revival of a database the government kept on immigrants from Muslim countries from 2002 to 2011. But in explaining Trump’s plan to Kelly, Higbie went in a different, much darker direction.
Referring to the registry, Higbie says,”It is legal, they say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass.”
Higbie should have stopped there. But in his enthusiasm to defend Trump’s position, he brings up one of the darkest stains on American history — the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans. “And we’ve done it with Iran back a while ago, we did it during World War II with Japanese, which, call it what you will it may be wrong…”
At that point an incredulous Kelly cuts him off. She says with a shocked look on her face,”Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps. You know better than to suggest that, that’s the kind of thing that gets people scared, Carl.”
Higbie tries to walk back his remark, saying that he doesn’t agree with what took place during the war with Japan, but that it does establish a precedent. Kelly then shuts down his argument, saying,”You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is going to do.”
Except he just did.
Here’s the conversation, via YouTube:
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