Advisers to the President-elect are reportedly considering a log of immigrants who come to America from Muslim countries, according to Reuters. During the 1940s, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were put into internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and spokesman and co-chair of Great America Political Action Committee, which supported Trump’s campaign, argued in favor of the idea. “We did it during World War 2 with the Japanese, which call it what you will, it maybe wrong,” he said speaking on Fox News recently.
“And you can say what you want about it, Megyn, anybody can, but the fact to the matter is, the people of America slept better because we did what we had to do to protect them, even though we had no solid evidence that would suggest any of them were spies,” Higbie told interviewer Megyn Kelly. “And for better or for worse, we can argue that it was American soldiers that won World War 2, and that would be the truth. But there’s also another piece of that puzzle we really ought to recognize, and that’s that what actually won the war were our nukes and those interment camps. The sooner we realize that was a smart call, the better.”
“But surely you’re not suggesting the same idea be used for Muslims traveling to the United States, or Muslim Americans already living here, for that matter?” Kelly inquired. Higbie swiftly responded, “Absolutely.” He added that “there’s an old saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And history has shown that internment camps were the right call during World War 2, so why should that option be abandoned? It’s not like we’re going to lock them up and then torture them just for the fun of it, it won’t be like Gitmo. We know better than that now, we’ve learned our lesson.”
Kelly was outraged, saying, “Wow, okay, I’m sorry to have to be so blunt, Mr. Higbie, but I have to say, what you’re proposing is absolutely horrible and you kind of sound like a Nazi, because what you’re talking about is exactly what they did during the war.” He very politely replied, “That’s perfectly fine Megyn, I completely understand why you feel that way, but let me just promise you one thing, while we’re on the subject of the Nazis: they rounded up Jews and then put them in crematoriums and gas chambers. We won’t do that, I promise these are going to be completely crematorium-less camps. We won’t even have fire pits or outdoor barbecues. That’s how considerate we’re being with this.”
“All I’m asking is that you think about this: we’ve been having more and more terrorist attacks in recent years than ever before, and that’s saying something. Things are heating up and there’s no way they’re about to die down now, especially since we’ve gotten a new president who’s had a pretty harsh, anti-ISIS rhetoric during the election campaign. And they’re likely going to want to take revenge on him – just remember what happened with the Paris attack some time ago when the satirical magazine Charlie Ebdo’s headquarters were stormed by terrorists in broad daylight. People are scared, Megyn, and it’s our job as the government to protect them. That’s why this is the safest – no, scratch that – the only solution that guarantees 100% safety to all citizens of this country,” Higbie said. “And that includes the Muslim ones, as well.”