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White House Refuses to Disavow Trump's Wildly Racist 'Muslim Ban' Campaign Promises

The issue could be central as the Supreme Court considers the case against the president's travel ban.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused Wednesday to directly disavow President Donald Trump's idea for a "Muslim Ban" that he touted during the 2016 presidential campaign, even when she was given the opportunity to distance the administration from the patently discriminatory proposal.

"In today's Supreme Court arguments about the travel ban, there was much discussion of the president's proposal during the campaign that all Muslims be barred from entering the United States," one reporter pointed out. "And it was noted during those arguments that the president has never actually disavowed that proposal. And it was also noted that he had not made those comments since being sworn in as president."

He continued: "So I wanted to ask: Does the White House disavow that campaign proposal, or does it stand by it?"

In a clearly prepared response, Sanders spoke generally about the president's travel ban, which initially targeted only Muslim-majority countries, and noted that the majority of Muslims around the world are not specifically banned from coming to the United States.

She said this answered the question — but it did not. Sanders, the White House, and Trump himself have not specifically distanced themselves from the "Muslim ban" proposal, which is explicitly racist and is widely agreed to be illegal. This may have legal consequences for the Trump administration's travel ban that many believe is simply a modified version of the original idea. 

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.