CNN’s Legal View host Ashleigh Banfield and former Ronald Reagan White House administrator Jeffrey Lord fervently argued over whether or not leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s suggested ban on Muslims is similar to previous pleas to ban Jewish immigrants before and during World War II.
“If you supplant the word ‘Jews’ for ‘Muslims’ in a lot of the rhetoric that we’ve had this morning, I think people would find it sort of cringe-worthy and reminiscent of a really ugly time in our history,” said Banfield.
Banfield then proceeded to wonder aloud whether or not there would be a different reaction if, theoretically, border patrol agents started to ask those who hope to legally travel into or immigrate in the United States if they were Jews.
“There are no Jews that are coming in here to destroy America,” responded Lord. “They’re coming here to get away from these people.”
However, Banfield then interrupted Lord with a reference to former TSA administrator John Pistole’s 2004 congressional testimony, where he noted that there had been 18 known terrorist attacks carried out by Jews or Jewish affiliated groups on American soil between 1980 and 1985. Meanwhile, during Banfield’s speech, Lord shook his head in disagreement and attempted to get Banfield’s attention.
“What are you talking about?” she exclaimed. “There have been Jewish terrorist attacks. Should we therefore ask no Jews to please apply for a visa?”
Lord then responded to Banfield with a very unusual response, asking, “Are you really saying to me that there’s an international Jewish conspiracy to take over the world?”