DPVA Statement on Trump’s Refreshed Muslim Ban
Virginia’s National Security and Economy Still at Risk; GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Stand By Ban
DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on Trump’s refreshed Muslim ban:
“Trump made a promise to the country over the past year: that the intent of the Muslim ban was to discriminate against Muslims. Not only have courts in Virginia already said that the ban was unconstitutional, Trump’s own national security experts say it won’t make us any more safe and it’s already hurting the Commonwealth’s economy. Today, Trump once again fulfilled his pledge, and Virginians will again suffer from a policy of blatant discrimination.
“Unfortunately when American values have been under assault, Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and the field of Republican candidates this year have agreed with Trump’s action. Unless these Republican candidates speak out against Trump’s cruel, inept and dangerous executive orders that put our national security and economic well being at risk, then Virginians must assume they will govern in Richmond with the same dangerous outcomes in mind.”
Ed Gillespie said Trump’s Muslim ban in January was a “rational step”
Corey Stewart called the Muslim ban “reasonable and necessary.”
Denver Riggleman said Trump’s executive order was grounded on sound policy and was “necessary.”
Frank Wagner strongly backs Trump’s executive order.