My first thought about hearing a ban on Muslim’s entering the U.S. was a sarcastic, “Good luck with that”. Beyond the racism, practicality and utter stupidity, let’s look at it from a financial standpoint. That’s something potential Asshole-in-Chief Trump can understand.
In 2013, 1.2 million visitors came from the Middle East according to U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office. The survey is not based on religious statistics. The Middle East is a predominantly Muslim area. Think about it — where in your life have had to fill out a form and state your religion? If I had to do that, I would write, “Your mama”. Marketplace estimates that they spend $6.7 billion that year. As we know, global tourism has been rising steadily since.
That’s just a conservative number. CNN estimates that 10.2 million visitors could be banned from visiting America. That’s one way to cut down TSA lines.
Fortune thinks it could cost the U.S. economy $18 billion. You don’t need to be a financial analyst or economics professor to figure this out.
Those visitors, which includes tourists, business people and students, come to spend money in America. We’re talking hotels, U.S.-based airlines, bars, restaurants, shopping centers and golf courses.
Hmmmm, which of the two presidential candidates owns golf courses? Trump leads in that category with 12 over Clinton, who owns zero. For a man who boasts how successful a businessman he is, banning people who want to spend money at properties he owns is not good business.
Here’s what I picture during the Presidential debates:
Moderator: “Mr. Trump, your ban on Muslim tourists would personally cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in business at the properties you own.”
Trump: “Yeah, but…”