Trump made abundantly clear on the campaign trail that he wasn’t up to the job of being president: ignorance of important basic facts about the U.S. and the world, prone to incoherent rages laced with fabrications, and a pathetic six-time business bankrupt. Now he is proving it.
In addition to being ill advised on policy grounds, his precipitate ban on refugees, and ban on all travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven nations, including by legal permanent residents of the U.S., was implemented in an utterly incompetent manner.
It’s purpose is ostensibly to protect the country from attacks like those on 9/11 but none of those attackers were from the countries banned.
Banning citizens of entire countries with whom we are at peace is idiotic: even accepting the thesis that hordes of terrorists are trying to get into the country (which, if they are, the existing system has been protecting us from quite effectively given the small number of domestic attacks since 9/11), they are individuals, not countries. Russia, for example, has a much larger total population, and even a larger Muslim population, than Yemen. China too. If a 90-day travel ban to block potential terrorists is the way to keep us safe it should start with the largest nations, which have the greatest number of such potential malefactors, not seven small ones.
It was announced without any warning or effective preparation for the people who had to implement it.
Result: some airports have been plunged into chaos, thousands of lives of law-abiding people have been disrupted, and part of the order was reversed by the courts.
The president and his team, and by extension Republicans in general, are not up to the job of effective governance, except in the narrowest sense of serving their ignorant, fearful base who will accept any incompetence so long as it serves their prejudices. That won’t be enough to run the country.