The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It

When I read about the incredibly active first week of the Trump administration, I struggle with two competing narratives about what’s…

As author admits, there's no telling if this is true yet. It's a hypothesis. But perhaps one worth considering... link
  • mryan150 (mryan150)

    hitRECordJoe Medium see, the problem with this, is it insinuates that the Muslim ban isn't a big fucking deal, and it is

  • Jill Johnstone (Jillj343)

    mryan150 hitRECordJoe Medium It is a big deal but it may not be the biggest.

  • mryan150 (mryan150)

    Jillj343 hitRECordJoe Medium I agree, but a lot of these are making the rounds, and it seems dismissive.

  • Mike EY (SGde3a)

    mryan150 Jillj343 hitRECordJoe Medium The ban is a stunt for 120 days so people cant say he was a lier during campaign.

  • mryan150 (mryan150)

    SGde3a Jillj343 hitRECordJoe Medium There is plenty of fuel left to call him a liar.

  • hitRECordJoe Medium I have a feeling the checks and balances may not be as resilient as one might imagine. Let's not forget the ACA move.

  • Natalie (n_foley_)

    ChrisCavallucci hitRECordJoe Medium Checks and balances are only effective if the people in those positions enforce them

  • brownbob06 (brownbob06)

    n_foley_ ChrisCavallucci hitRECordJoe Medium You mean like if the president doesn't fire anyone who disagrees with him?

  • Kate J. (nabbunkate)

    hitRECordJoe Medium def plausible but it doesn't mean #resistance shouldn't happen esp with this #muslimban ...

  • Kate J. (nabbunkate)

    hitRECordJoe Medium also my hope that this doesn't divide us. Lawyers on ground + protesters are there for the individuals affected

  • mryan150 (mryan150)

    hitRECordJoe Medium yes, there is other shit happening, but we don't get to pick our battles this time. They must all be fought

  • Nancy Diaz (ndiaz624)

    hitRECordJoe Medium Many protesting are quite aware of larger implications of this all. Lots of us arent in fact falling for a "headfake."

  • Andrew Leber (AndrewMLeber)

    . hitRECordJoe Might also not be worth considering, if the punchline is "protests are silly" - thepoleax link

  • Dane A. Wisher (daneawisher)

    AndrewMLeber hitRECordJoe If only it didn't have a misleading title that obscured the whole "hypothesis" part . . .

  • Andrew Dayton (adayton5)

    hitRECordJoe Medium How about we hold off a bit on creating an InfoWars for the left...

  • paularead (paula_read)

    hitRECordJoe Medium Smoke&mirrors, shock&awe-the real work is going on elsewhere & if we aren't careful, will be done before we notice.

  • hitRECordJoe scottsantens Pair it up with this and it makes even more sense ... rel="nofollow" target="_blank">link… High treason?

  • Cheryl Castjohn (livininnola)

    hitRECordJoe Medium I wouldn't call T**** an intellectual, but is definite tactician. Serves dual purpose, to satiate constituents

  • Veronica (VSahlen)

    hitRECordJoe Medium rel="nofollow" target="_blank">link… more ppl point out this pattern

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  • 片田直久 (KATADANaohisa)

    KS_1013 aidoldaisukides Medium トランプが理想とする統治モデルは日本だってことですかね。

  • アマヤ (yosinagakoyuri)

    KS_1013 Medium でんでん安倍がすでに実行しているやり口ですね。

  • SI (EiL1mjCbfs3zgZZ)

    ks_1013 ☚真に、当時世界一民主的な憲法といわれた「ワイマール憲法」を改変して世界を混乱と恐怖に陥れたヒットラーの手法そのものですね!

“The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It” by jakefuentes link
  • Betty Cracker (bettycrackerfl)

    Medium jakefuentes - Sweet Jeebus, can we STOP with the fucking "stop paying attention to this! look at this!" bullshit? Multitask!

  • Mae (schr0ddie)

    Medium jakefuentes It is not a headfake, it's simply not the only thing they're doing wrong.

  • Medium jakefuentes Trump is doing what he promised. That's too much for liberals to comprehend. They prefer BSers like Obama.

  • jswriter65 Medium jakefuentes I know this might sound crazy to you, but if you look carefully and objectively, Trump is a serious BSer.

  • PPricklepants Medium jakefuentes If you look carefully and objectively, Obama and Clinton were far bigger BSers than Trump.

  • jswriter65 Medium jakefuentes True, provided you're alternative careful and objective.

  • PPricklepants Medium jakefuentes Are you the objective police on Twitter? I sure don't see much from those bashing Trump.

  • kelly kend (projectid)

    Medium jakefuentes if you like this, check out sarahkendzior. She studies authoritarianism and knows what she's talking about.

  • lex (lexylexlex)

    Medium jakefuentes this is a story that everyone should be reading. thank you, jake.

  • James Head (jashead)

    Medium jakefuentes It's a very involved argument excusing yourself from doing fuck all. I'll support marchers over navel-gazers any day.

  • Bill Krause (BillKrause2)

    Medium jakefuentes God forbid the non-Nazis have a cause to rally around. Jesus fucking christ.

  • Bud Leizear (Racerbud38)

    Medium dose jakefuentes can y'all stop calling an immigration ban? Maybe research a bit

  • Will Stamped (willstamped)

    Racerbud38 Medium dose jakefuentes what would you call it?

  • Burke Weston (WestonBurke)

    willstamped Racerbud38 Medium dose jakefuentes what the fuck? What is it then?

  • Bud Leizear (Racerbud38)

    WestonBurke willstamped Medium dose jakefuentes immigration hold and refugee ban.

  • Will Stamped (willstamped)

    Racerbud38 WestonBurke dose jakefuentes The ban on immigrants won't be lifted. The one on refugees is will be(except for in syria)

  • Bud Leizear (Racerbud38)

    willstamped WestonBurke dose jakefuentes do y'all know he isn't the first president to do this? What obamas ban on Iraqis?

  • Will Stamped (willstamped)

    Racerbud38 WestonBurke dose jakefuentes Trump bans visa holders and refugees cleared by state department. Obama stopped new visas.

  • Burke Weston (WestonBurke)

    willstamped Racerbud38 dose jakefuentes link

This genre of paranoid Medium riff is the mirror-image, 2017 equivalent of the Glenn Beck chalkboard rants of 2009 link
  • Tim Geoghegan (timogeo)

    . alexburnsNYT jbouie Medium no, it's based on a lot more circumstantial evidence. And aligns with ACTUAL intent (in Bannon's own words) link

  • Tim Geoghegan (timogeo)

    alexburnsNYT jbouie Medium and slate lol. Where to get started? How's 'finger on pulse' Vorhees doing? Still shellshocked?

  • Alex Burns (alexburnsNYT)

    timogeo jbouie Medium Slate If your best defense of a conspiracy theory is ad hominem attacks on MSM, that's vintage Glenn Beck.

  • Tim Geoghegan (timogeo)

    alexburnsNYT jbouie Medium Slate no, this is a strawman by u. My initial point was 'defense': those medium articles r based on evidence

  • Alex Burns (alexburnsNYT)

    timogeo jbouie Medium Slate Bannon and Trump saying some dark things is not "evidence" of an incipient fascist junta. Be well.

  • Tim Geoghegan (timogeo)

    alexburnsNYT jbouie Medium Slate no one said it's conclusive. I said circumstantial. Critical analysis; simply a 'possibility'. Be well

  • Jeff Greco (jeffgreco)

    alexburnsNYT something about Medium is the message?

  • Alex Burns (alexburnsNYT)

    jeffgreco Medium boooooo

  • Noah Hurowitz (NoahHurowitz)

    alexburnsNYT noahmccormack 1st they came for immigrants + I didn't speak because a Medium rando with a numbered list cried "distraction"

  • George Wishart (GWBiscuit)

    alexburnsNYT Medium is self-publishing. Beck had Fox News backing him. So yeah, totally on the same level...

  • alexburnsNYT Medium trump=head fake king . trump=just plain fake

  • Tim Geoghegan (timogeo)

    alexburnsNYT jbouie Medium w/ NYT+MSM, there's a failure to look into mirror+come to terms w/how flawed own pre-election 'insights' were.

  • Nathan Schumer (nathanschumer)

    alexburnsNYT jbouie weren't liberal conspiracy theories ubiquitous during the bush years? I seem to remember a lot of it

  • Rachel Unkefer (runkefer)

    alexburnsNYT Do you think defying court orders less deserving of attention than OE effects? 'Cause that's what's happening. Unintentional?

  • (((Alex Mark))) (agraybee)

    alexburnsNYT *A head emerges from the nuclear wreckage* "Don't let them distract you with this" it croaks

  • Spicy Take Man (roscada)

    alexburnsNYT DavidPontious I think it's something more sinister: Liberals soothing their ego.

  • Spicy Take Man (roscada)

    alexburnsNYT DavidPontious It feels much better to have lost to a 3-dimensional chess master than an idiot that's pure lizard-brain.

  • Sean McCormick (SeanSeanmac31)

    alexburnsNYT Medium And we need to recognize it as such and reject it loudly.

  • Nick Mancuso (Nick_Mancuso)

    alexburnsNYT Medium Also, if this really is a facist coup, wouldn't all these thinkpiece authors start vanishing mysteriously?

I just published “The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It” link
  • Kevin Cheng (k)

    jakefuentes Related: rel="nofollow" target="_blank">link

  • bob calhoun (bob_calhoun)

    jakefuentes in other words, the concern over being distracted in itself a distraction.

  • bob calhoun (bob_calhoun)

    jakefuentes burritojustice Respectfully, "what is really going on" may be unknowable. When we protest, we're protesting Trump in total.

  • Andrew Oplas (AndyOplas)

    jakefuentes Nictos Medium Your conspiracy theory is duly noted.

  • Not Three Guns (NotThreeGuns)

    AndyOplas jakefuentes Nictos He keeps saying there was an "explicit decision" that green card holders would be included.

  • Not Three Guns (NotThreeGuns)

    AndyOplas jakefuentes Nictos That's no where in the link he provides, each and every time he provides it.

  • Not Three Guns (NotThreeGuns)

    AndyOplas jakefuentes Nictos Without that his whole case debunks itself. Guys, this shit is getting really pathetic.

  • Not Three Guns (NotThreeGuns)

    AndyOplas jakefuentes Nictos "Our opposition pour out into the streets protesting the extremes of our measure, exactly as we intended."

  • Not Three Guns (NotThreeGuns)

    AndyOplas jakefuentes Nictos link

  • Not Three Guns (NotThreeGuns)

    AndyOplas jakefuentes Nictos link

  • jenesq2 (jenesq2)

    jakefuentes Medium Also, it's bullshit that protests don't shape policy. Worked for the tea party, and they wore costumes for godsake.

  • jakefuentes Yeah. Because any cynical-hipster-millennial "journalist" knows the #ImmigrationBan isn't affecting any real people. Moron.

  • jakefuentes Your basic argument is..all is already lost and there's nothing we can do. I more or less agree, but - am I missing something?

  • Lisa Marie (TeeteeintheCity)

    jakefuentes Medium I see this 100% - but what can we do?

  • Anthony B. (PoliticalAnt)

    jakefuentes You are really smart. I hope you can get on msnbc or cnn someday. Didn't JoyAnnReid retweet something you wrote?

  • Zach Haller (zachhaller)

    jakefuentes A1 analysis here, very well done, thanks for this

  • Becky Berry (Becks543)

    jakefuentes draiochta14 Medium with the firing of the acting AG, I'd say you are spot on.

  • Cleveland Lowers (squappie)

    jakefuentes I'm hoping that you're wrong, but I'm frightened that you may be right. Feels like we're bout to be fucked as a democracy

  • Likne (knoxnervig)

    jakefuentes Medium draiochta14 SenSanders This article should be read. We should be prepared. Don't get sidetracked by Trumps' smoke.

  • Centrist (Centerisbest)

    jakefuentes Russia fits in this somewhere too.

Why arent news outlets covering the NSA shakeup 24/7? Why aren't we protesting this dangerous move by Trumps Bannon? link
  • HeatherMac (NYTexanPatriot)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium Why wasn't anyone protesting Obama's dictatorship when he did it? It isn't a "ban" - how many are you taking in?

  • Debbie Peret (debbieperet)

    NYTexanPatriot CaroleRadziwill Medium did you even read the article? it wasn't even about whether or not you agree with the ban.

  • HeatherMac (NYTexanPatriot)

    debbieperet CaroleRadziwill Medium I did, it wasn't my point. And it's not a "ban."

  • Kathy Smith (KathySmith827)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium Trump is presenting such a multitude of issues it is dizzying trying to keep up with all of them. #myheadisspinning

  • JoAnn Black (bellamagick315)

    KathySmith827 CaroleRadziwill Medium That is his deflections,+distractions.

  • FunnyBunny413 (Andie413)

    CaroleRadziwill why don't you go back to your previous career. You have a passion for it. RHNYC paints women as caddy and superficial

  • Deirdre (deirdregoodman)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium Seriously. This was the scariest thing I read all week. And hat says a lot.

  • Brenda Torgerson (brensnest)

    deirdregoodman CaroleRadziwill If you want to read something scary, Google 'Is Donald Trump an anti-christ.'

  • Barb (BarbL219)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium Sad day for Americans when our Joints of Chief are demoted for S. Bannon

  • CaroleRadziwill Medium Trumps rushing everything so people forget what he's done. Diversions. Hold him accountable

  • Kim Kearns (kkearns020724)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium because they are as weak as the damn Democrats.

  • CaroleRadziwill Medium Guess no one cares. Everyone complains but no one makes Trump pay. We all just take it up the ass! DO SOMETHING

  • Fun Fact Tammy (TammyGornick)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium Maybe do what Madonna wanted to.

  • CaroleRadziwill Medium BC T has tossed bait 2 vultures: fire Flynn, deflectn till Sess in - Sess wll drop any investig into all T acts

  • Solange (Fit_haver)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium hahahahahahaha

  • mp (mmmparker3)

    CaroleRadziwill very good goddamn question.

  • Tonya Soto (denay013)

    CaroleRadziwill I don't know? Why aren't YOU?

  • Kim Fuchs (FuchsKim)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium lame. "I don't know if this is true" but lets lay it all out there like it is.

  • dk (debbiek173)

    CaroleRadziwill Medium I don't know! I think we should be screaming from rafters that Bannon should not be on these councils.

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  • Blake Richardson (balrich)

    TheClaudiaBlack Medium Very well written piece! Thanks for the link, Claudia! <3

  • Olga563 (OlgaAlekseyevna)

    TheClaudiaBlack all this may not change things but it's a start, a start to create a better place. And with time, Together it is possible.

  • Tom Lewis (dropides)

    TheClaudiaBlack LexaShmexa Medium Thank yeah, pretty much what I was thinking, but more fleshed out.

  • Brookesey (brookesey66)

    TheClaudiaBlack Medium Wow. That's some worrying reading. :-(

  • Calico Cooley (DanIn3D)

    TheClaudiaBlack Medium Many coming to similar conclusions. This is terrifying.

  • Nikki (jrpaws)

    TheClaudiaBlack Medium The author articulated what I've been thinking. I think he could be right.

  • Kim Staples (KimmyKimStaples)

    TheClaudiaBlack Medium I understand the need for protests. But sometimes those protests do play into the hands of those you're protesting.

The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It link
  • kiki erickson kline (kiki405)

    AndreaChalupa Medium We are defending the people being harmed by it.

  • Lauren losT (TheLaurenlosT)

    AndreaChalupa Medium jakefuentes No one missed the NSC story! While you view from above a chess game, on the ground we see the blood!

  • AndreaChalupa Medium Article says nothing new, but in a new way & succinctly. That's important. Repetition important. New voice important.

  • AndreaChalupa Headline is awful though. Condescending. Does disservice to article, author & reader. Please someone Medium do better.

  • Wayne Orkline (waynegrow)

    AndreaChalupa Medium Funny, Lyndon Johnson chose not to run in 1968 due to enormous & frequent Viet Nam War protests.

  • lucy sexton (factress)

    AndreaChalupa Medium I believe what jakefuentes says but disagree that A--he's the only one seeing it and B-that protests aren't useful.

  • bonita_jay (bonita_jay1)

    AndreaChalupa Article weaves dt admin's outrageous actions into even more nefarious overall plan. Disturbing.

  • Wes Parker (wcparker1)

    AndreaChalupa Medium Anecdata says that ppl are aware of other moves, but public protest is important. Protesters also calling MoC etc.

  • KC&SR (Kacsil85310)

    AndreaChalupa Medium I think he wanted 2 have a reason 2 fire acting AG, and this way he can make the D's look bad for holding up his pick

  • Foresight (calisota91)

    AndreaChalupa Medium Trump has a formidable opponent, and gets to direct the battle field; he'll draw them away from the weakest front.

  • David C Lascelle (DCLascelle)

    AndreaChalupa Medium Large protests also give them cause to deploy National Guard & declare martial law to keep the country 'safe'.

“The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It” by jakefuentes link
  • Kanjin Tor ™ (xugla)

    timberners_lee DaffodilMite jakefuentes link

  • Tony Calice (TonyCalice)

    timberners_lee jakefuentes Medium Congress can always defund DHS if they don't like how the president is using it.

  • Alok Nayak (alok_nayak)

    timberners_lee jakefuentes Hope the deepening democracy vouches for its principles!

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