Early last week, Donald Trump proposed a new vetting process for would-be U.S. immigrants. This processed, which Trump described as ‘Extreme Vetting,’ is apparently meant to keep radical Islamic terrorists from entering the U.S.
“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is long overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. I call it extreme vetting. I call it extreme, extreme vetting,” Trump said. “Our country has enough problems. We don’t need more.”
We can only assume Trump is referring to the Communist witch-hunt Senator Joseph McCarthy headed during the Cold War. We expect Trump’s proposal to go over just as well as McCarthyism did in the 1950’s.
At face value, Trump’s new immigration proposal may look appealing. Trump’s test would seek to determine if immigrants share U.S. values on issues such as LGBT rights, gender equality, religious freedom, and other issues. Trump made the proposal in an obvious attempt to garner support from voters interested in “preserving American culture.”
But there’s a problem. The vast majority of Trump supporters, while they do value what they believe to be “American Culture,” have no respect for LGBT rights, women, or religious diversity. Everyone with a brain knows Trump is a misogynistic, power-hungry, money-grubbing homophobe. Believing Trump is a supporter of LGBT rights would be like believing a Tiger is a vegan, right before it eats your face.
The Daily Show sent correspondent Jordan Klepper to a Trump rally to see if Trump supporters could pass the “extreme vetting” test.
As you might have expected, the results were far from passing. Klepper asked a man at the rally his opinion on gay marriage. “Gay marriage is ________,” Klepper asked. “Disgusting,” the man replied. “Actually the answer is legal in the United States,” Klepper responded. “It’s legal but I don’t like it,” said the man.
The Daily Show interviewed another man on the topic of gender equality. When the man said he respects women, Klepper asked him to read the front of his shirt, which said: “Hillary Sucks, but not like Monica.” (referring to Monica Lewkinski.) The back of the shirt said “Trump that Bitch!”
You can watch the full video below.