Dick Cheney says Donald Trump's Muslim ban 'goes against everything we stand for'

Dick Cheney.
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It wasn't just Donald Trump's fellow presidential candidates speaking out against his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States — the idea was also panned by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in," Cheney told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Monday. "Religious freedom has been a very important part of our history and where we came from, a lot of people — my ancestors got here because they were Puritans." Cheney said it is important to "set up a vetting process" for refugees from Syria and other countries to make sure they don't "represent ISIS," but to solve the problem, the U.S. has "to look at why they're here, and they're here because of what's going on in the Middle East."

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