In December, Donald Trump proposed his now-infamous “Muslim ban.” He said that there were “tens of thousands” of migrants coming into the country and brandishing phones “with the ISIS flag on them.”
That was debunked in short order by Think Progress. They suggested he had been thinking of a report that indicated some asylum-seekers in Norway had grisly photos of ISIS-caused damage on their phones, but that even in the original piece reporting that, there was speculation than the purpose of the photos was to bear witness to atrocities, not praise them.
That was in Norway. Closer to home, Homeland Security vehemently beat down rumors that there was even a hint of ISIS-related activity near the Mexican border. That was mentioned in the Think Progress debunking last December, too.
Predictably, people are shocked.
Trump, at #VVS2016, says he’s seen video of “migrants” w cell phones and “some of the cell phones have the ISIS flag printed on them.”
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) September 9, 2016
Trump: migrants’ “cell phones have ISIS flags PRINTED on them.” This guy really is no technological wizard is he?
— ((( Michelle ))) (@Tymlee) September 9, 2016
It is unlikely this will have any real staying power, given that it has happened before and Trump still went on to win the Republican nomination.
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