President Trump on Jan. 24. (Shawn Thew/Pool via Bloomberg News)

Protecting the United States from terrorist attacks is the commander in chief’s No. 1 duty. One of the ways President Trump intends to go about it would be ineffective and ridiculous. According to the Wall Street Journal, among the executive actions Trump is contemplating is a ban on people from “countries deemed a terror risk from entering the U.S.”

[How do you ‘tell if they’re a terrorist or friendly’?]

The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart explains some reasons why President Trump's executive actions won't make the country safer against the risk of terror. (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

During the campaign, candidate Trump used every terrorist attack to bellow proposals that were unconstitutional and immoral. A total ban on Muslims from entering the United States until we “can figure out what is going on” was the most egregious. It came in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., in December 2015. But it would not be the last time. After the terrorist attacks in Brussels last March, Trump said in one television interview, “We have to be very, very vigilant as to who we allow into this country.” And in response to the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June, Trump delivered a speech where he reiterated his proposal to ban Muslims from coming to this country.

The lunacy and impracticality of what President Trump proposes becomes crystal clear when you know this one glaring fact: Belgium and France are not among Trump’s “countries deemed a terror risk.” A BBC report of the terrorists involved in the Brussels and Paris attacks notes that all but one or two of them were born in Belgium or France. Omar Mateen, the Orlando murderer, was born in New York. Syed Farook, the San Bernardino murderer, was born in Illinois. His wife and accomplice was born in Pakistan.

[Dylann Roof is a terrorist]

Meanwhile, I’d love to know how the president plans to keep us safe from other homegrown terrorists like avowed racist Dylann Roof and religious zealot Robert Dear, who is accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in November 2015. With the exception of calling Dear “a sick person,” Trump has been uncharacteristically mute.

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