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Gov. Phil Bryant wrong again on immigrants from Syria

By Paul Hampton

jphampton@sunherald.com

Twitter: jpaulhampton

Gov. Phil Bryant
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Gov. Phil Bryant keeps forgetting about the Internet. (Like the time last year when he said low gas prices were a bad idea in front of a friendly audience at an Ohio oil-gas confab.)

This year (Monday to be exact) he went on a rant on American Family Radio about the "left-leaning media" and its use of the World War II analogy to criticize Bryant's policy on Syrian immigrants.

Unfortunately, Right Wing Watch was listening. Here's part of what it heard:

“I’ve seen the left-leaning media use the Jewish population in World War II that were fleeing Nazi Germany as an example. Well, unless I missed my history lessons, the Jews coming out of Europe at that time were not blowing people up, they were not having terrorist attacks on innocent people throughout the world, they had not dedicated themselves to the destruction of America,” he told the radio network's Today's Issues program.

Not so fast, said RWW's Brian Tashman:

In fact, as Daniel A. Gross writes in Smithsonian Magazine, “government officials from the State Department to the FBI to President Franklin Roosevelt himself argued that refugees posed a serious threat to national security,” turning away thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II due to “widespread fears of a supposed ‘fifth column’ of spies and saboteurs that had infiltrated America.”  See more at and listen to an audio clip here.

Excuse me, I have to fetch a thank you note for the GOP for putting Phil under the tree for another Christmas.

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