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Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer Says Not Detaining 5 Year Old Child Would Have Been ‘Misguided and Wrong’



Boy Was Held Away From His Mother for Several Hours

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, under fire from the press corps over President Donald Trump‘s likely unconstitutional Muslim ban, heartily defended Friday’s chaotic rollout by supporting the hours-long detention and separation of a five-year old from his mother. 

The 5-year old son of Shohreh Rahnama, a resident of Bethesda, Maryland “was detained for several hours at Dulles Airport after a flight from Istanbul on Saturday night,” The Washington Post reports.

The child, whose name according to the Post is Artiman Jalali, “was born in the United States and has dual citizenship with Iran. He was traveling back from visiting relatives with his cousin, 25-year-old Aida Mohammadi, a University of Maryland student and a green-card holder.”

Rahnama said she waited for hours at the airport with friends and family and a growing crowd of strangers who came to support them and others whose loved ones were detained. Artiman and Mohammadi were finally released around midnight. “He was hungry and he was thirsty, and I could not see him,” she said.

“How can a 5-year-old be banned? Just because his parents are Iranian? We are American, too,” she said. “I almost died in that airport. I can say it was the worst day of my life.”

Here’s video of that encounter, via ABC affiliate WJLA:

VIDEO: Mother from Iran, 5-year-old son reunited after he was …

An extended video of the Iranian mother waiting to be reunited with her son at Dulles Airport.

Posted by ABC 7 News – WJLA on Sunday, January 29, 2017

After downplaying the international crisis trump’s executive order caused by claiming that only “109 were temporarily inconvenienced for the safety of us all,” here’s how White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended the detention of five-year old Jalali.

“That’s why we slow [the process] down a little,” Spicer said at Monday afternoon’s daily press briefing, as Vox reports. “To make sure that if they are a 5-year-old, that maybe they’re with their parents and they don’t pose a threat. But to assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be misguided and wrong.”

Jalali was given no such accommodation.

Here’s Spicer:

And remember, Jalali is a U.S. citizen. Apparently his citizenship does not protect him in the eyes of the Trump administration.

Despite the emotionally devastating event on Saturday, the child and his mother attended a protest on Sunday.

Bravely, she had some strong words for President Trump.

“I am here to say: ‘You cannot do this. You are our servant. The people elected you,’ ” she told the Washington Post. “Other countries are thirsty for the rights we have in America. We can’t become a dictatorship.”

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Trump Is ‘Untethered to Reality’ and His Thanksgiving Rant Proves It: CNN’s Berman



CNN host John Berman on Friday lit into President Donald Trump for going on an unhinged Thanksgiving rant about the 2020 election in which he once again falsely claimed that he won.

Berman in particular zeroed in on Trump’s seething anger at Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president on Thursday if he’d concede that he lost the election.

“He was yelling at Jeff Mason, who is the most mild-mannered reporter in America, who was asking one of the most obvious questions in America, which is, ‘Will you concede the race that you lost?’” Berman said. “I think it gave a window into where the president is this morning and how untethered to reality he may be.”

Guest Ron Brownstein shared Berman’s assessment and talked about the harm it’s doing to the United States.

“[He’s] doing real damage,” Brownstein said. “You’ve seen the polling: Three-quarters of Republicans now believe the election was stolen. We’ve never seen anything like this, an effort by a president to systemically undermine the results of the election.”

Watch the video below.


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Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’



President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.

After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”

“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”

He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.

Watch (poor quality video):

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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’


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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’



President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.

Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.

“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.

He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.

But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)

Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.


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