What a difference a couple of days make… and a smack down from the President of the United States helped.
Just Sunday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jeb Bush fell in line with the other Republican presidential candidates demanding Syrian refugees remain in Syria where they are being slaughtered by ISIS and the Syrian regime. In that CNN interview however, Jeb didn’t close his heart from all Syrian refugees, he was willing to allow only the Christian refugees access to the United States.
“There are a lot of Christians in Syria that have no place now,” Jeb said, while talking about whether we should allow refugees here in the United States. “They’ll [Christians] be either executed or imprisoned, either by Assad or by ISIS. We should focus our efforts as it relates to the refugees for the Christians that are being slaughtered.”
In other words, a Religious test to decide who we save and who gets slaughtered.
President Obama had something to say about that!
“That’s shameful,”the President said. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are…We don’t have religious tests to our compassion. We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”
Those words from the president apparently had some effect on Jeb and he admitted in the interview that he thought the president was talking directly to him. So with that, the interviewers asked Jeb if he felt refugees – not just Christian refugees, but Muslim refugees as well – should be allowed in the United States?
Jeb offered his new position – “the answer to this is not to ban people from coming” but “to lead, to resolve the problem in Syria.” He then went on to say, “I don’t think we should eliminate our support for refugees,” Bush added. “It’s been a noble tradition in our country for many years.”
Nice flip Bush, nice flip! Have you met Mitt Romney?