Former vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told NBC News it was "not a coincidence" that President Trump issued his executive order curtailing immigration from certain countries on the same day the White House released its Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, omitting specific reference to Jewish victims.
Kaine called Trump's order a religious test and said it puts a tougher burden on Muslims versus other immigrant groups.
Trump demonstrated complete confusion on the specifics of the executive order, Kaine said, adding that he failed to delineate between green card holders and other non-citizens entering the United States from abroad.
He accused Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, of influencing both the order and the White House's statement the same day memorializing victims of the Holocaust.
Kaine said Bannon's Breitbart News "traffic[s] in white supremacy and anti-Semitism."
"The irony is not lost on me that it was issued the same day... I think all of these things are happening together," he said.
Anchor Chuck Todd asked Kaine to clarify what his accusation meant:
"You put a religious test on Muslims and you try to scrub references to Jews: this was horribly mishandled," Kaine said.
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