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Cheney: Barring All Muslims ‘Mistaken,’ ‘Goes Against Everything We Stand For and Believe In’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney argued that “this whole notion that somehow we can just say, ‘No more Muslims,’ and just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in” on Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Cheney said, “I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say, ‘No more Muslims,’ and just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean, religious freedom’s been a very important part of our history and where we — where it came from, a lot of people here — my ancestors got here because they were Puritans. Wasn’t anybody here then, when they came. It’s a mistaken notion.”

He continued that the refugee problem and making sure refugees aren’t ISIS members is “a serious problem.” Cheney added, “You’ve got to set up a vetting process, and that’s crucial.” He further argued that the root causes of the refugee crisis, lack of US leadership, the rise of ISIS, and the Syrian civil war. He also said that establishing a safe zone in Syria with “sufficient forces, hopefully of locals” makes sense, “a lot more sense than what’s happening now.”

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