The most controversial aspect of #Donald Trump's time in the White House has come in the form of his executive order labeled a "Muslim ban" by critics. After having his first order blocked by a judge, Trump ran into the same problem on Wednesday after his second attempt at a #travel ban was halted by a judge in Hawaii.
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During the 2016 presidential election, one of the big talking points used by Donald Trump was his vow to prevent the spread of radical Islamic terrorism into the United States. After the former host of "The Apprentice" was sworn into office, he stayed true to his word and signed the aforementioned "Muslim ban" into law. However, backlash quickly followed and the order was axed by a federal judge and an appeals court. Just last week, Trump signed a watered-down version of the bill in question, which was blocked again by another judge on Wednesday night. This issue was the highlighted topic during a heated CNN segment on March 16.
Joining CNN host Don Lemon were a panel of guests which included prosecutor John Flannery and #Alan Dershowitz of Harvard. The interaction between the two became tense when Flannery accused Dershowitz of supporting the "Muslim ban" signed by Donald Trump simply because it could benefit Israel. "Our dear colleague, Alan Dershowitz, I think, hopes that this may secure Israel," Flannery said. In response, Dershowitz fired backed, asked, "What are you talking about?"
After Flannery explained that the travel ban was an attack on Muslims, Dershowitz started to lose his cool. "You're lying through your teeth," he said with anger, claiming that he "never said a word about Israel." Not stopping there, Dershowitz said that Flannery's comments "raises questions about your own bigotry and biases." They continued to go back and forth over the issue of the travel ban and Israel, with Dershowitz concluding, "For shame on you sir. I never want to be on the show with this bigot again!"
The heated exchange on CNN highlights an even larger problem in the United States, as the political gap between many Americans continues to widen on an almost daily basis. While Donald Trump has only been in office for less than two months, it doesn't appear that the nation will be united anytime soon.