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Trump Adviser Giuliani Has a (Probably) Unconstitutional, Stupid Idea

Rudy Giuliani
JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a stone-cold racist who has the ear of Donald Trump as one of his advisers and if you thought Trump's Muslim ban was a bad idea, Giuliani has special plans for Muslims who are already here.

Giuliani spoke to the New Jersey media and said he would recommend to Trump that Muslims be fitted with electronic monitoring tags.

PHILADELPHIA — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday said he would be in favor of forcing Muslims on the federal government's terrorism watch list to wear electronic monitoring tags or bracelets for authorities to track their whereabouts.

"I would think that's an excellent idea," said Giuliani, an adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. "If you're on the terror watch list, I should you know you're on the terror watch list. You're on there for a reason."

I have a strong hunch that this would be unconstitutional, but in either case it's not clear what good it would actually do given that Republicans are against preventing people on the list from buying guns.

Would good would monitoring them do if walking into a gun store while being monitored is perfectly legal? What if they already own guns as is their right? Are we going to -gasp!- take away their guns?

Giuliani used a recent attack on a priest in France as an example, but that's a very bad example. In that case, one of the suspects was subjected to electronic monitoring, but that didn't stop the attack because the attackers did not travel beyond the area they were regularly permitted to travel. Moreover, France has stricter gun control laws than the United States, but that's not exactly a high bar.

As far as I can discern, no reporters at the event asked Giuliani if he would support gun control for the people he wishes to electronically monitor.

I think it's safe to assume that a Trump administration would place virtually all Muslims living inside the United States on the watch list. That would also be unconstitutional, but don't forget Senate Republicans are holding a seat on the Supreme Court open for Trump to fill. Dozens of other seats in the federal judiciary have been held open for most of the Obama presidency because Republicans have refused to confirm a large number of nominees.

  • Badgerite

    People like Christie and Giuliani know that trump is their last shot at any kind of national office. Locally, they are done. And they are very ambitious men. They will clearly say anything and do anything to get there.

  • David Greenberg

    Rudy has overstayed his time on the stage. The words senile dementia spring to mind. His screaming rant at the rnc would have gotten most people certified.

  • Draxiar

    They really don’t see the correlation between this and 1930’s Germany do they? Or they see it and are quietly thinking “maybe he was on to something there…”

  • Aynwrong

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    I’d be more surprised if a reporter had asked about gun control. In fairness, Giuliani would have probably thrown a hissy fit and acted like a perfectly reasonable question was trolling.

  • Victor the Crab

    Not too far off from Muslims having to wear a crescent moon with a star between the two points to let everyone know they practice the evil religion, with papers at the ready to let jackbooted authorities know who they are, OR ELSE!!!!!

    Sound familiar?

    • Aynwrong

      First thing that occurred to me.

      • Draxiar

        Same here.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      I’m getting more Manzanar vibes than Holocaust vibes.

      Either way, not a good thing.

  • muselet

    Rudy Giuliani does have some spectacularly bad ideas, doesn’t he?

    –alopecia

    • Victor the Crab

      Which a lot of those brain damaged fucks who plan on voting for Drumph in November think is an excellent idea made of pure awesome.