Left-wing MSNBC’s Chuck Todd pushed the false narrative of President-elect Donald Trump calling for a “Muslim database” in a Sunday interview with incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Read the partial exchange below (full transcript here):
TODD: Let me ask you a question about the appointment of General Mike Flynn to national security advisor. Essentially, there are two corner offices in the White House, you're going to be in one, he's going to be in the other. In February, Flynn posted a video listing bombings perpetrated by Muslims with the comment, "Fear of Muslims is rational." Can you equivocally rule out a registry for Muslims?
PRIEBUS: Look, I'm not going to rule out anything. But, but I wouldn't-- we're not going to have a registry based on a religion. But what I think what we're trying to do is say that there are some people, certainly not all people, Chuck, there are some people that are radicalized and there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country.
And Donald Trump's position, President Trump's position is consistent with bills in the House and the Senate that say the following: "If you come-- If you want to come from a place or an area around the world that harbors and trains terrorists, we have to temporarily suspend that operation until a better, better vetting system is put in place." And when that happens, when a better vetting system is put in place, then those radical folks, or excuse me, they'll be, they will not be allowed in, but then others will be allowed in. But only until that is done.
PRIEBUS: That's what General Michael Flynn believes--
TODD: I understand that.
PRIEBUS: And that's what President Trump believes.
TODD: Does President-Elect Trump agree with General Flynn that fear of Muslims is rational?
PRIEBUS: Well, I-- He believes that no faith in and of itself should be judged as a whole. But there are some people in countries abroad that need to be prevented from co-- there are some people that need to be prevented from coming into this country. So I think that's where 99% of Americans are at.
The origin of the narrative dates back to November 19, 2015, when left-wing Yahoo News’s Hunter Walker claimed he asked Trump about “warrantless searches” of Muslims or a “registering Muslims in a database.” No full transcript or audio/video record was included in the article.
(Author’s Note: I watched the entirety of the video above the day of its publication, last year. NBC and other ideologically similar news outlets refuse to publish the entirety of the video record of the aforementioned comments. In the minutes leading up to the question about a database for registering Muslims, Trump is noticeably distracted and paying little attention to the NBC reporter. Despite obviously not hearing the entirety of the questions being asked of him, the NBC reporter deliberately chooses not ensure that Trump has properly heard the questions.)
Also on November 20, Trump took to Twitter to note that the only reference to a database of Muslims was made by an NBC reporter, and not by himself:
Todd failed to note than any list of Islamic terrorists would certainly resemble a “registry for Muslims” as per Todd’s terminology.
Independent Journal Review’s Jason Howerton was quick to point out NBC’s intent:
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