There are some who ascribe political motivations to Donald Trump’s announced plan to establish a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Some say that it was a brilliant attempt to establish even more of a contrast between President Obama and himself after what was largely considered one of the weakest and ineffectual speeches of Obama’s presidency. Others say that it was an attempt to situate himself to the right of Senator Ted Cruz on immigration issues on the same day that a poll showed Cruz ahead in Iowa.

Let’s say it’s not a strategy or some form of political triangulation. Maybe he just means it. I think sometimes we’re always reading into every move and utterance from a candidate as if they’re playing three dimensional chess. But sometimes maybe they just mean it. I can’t look into Trump’s mind or heart so I’ll just take him at his word.

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