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Shortly after President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday indefinitely blocking Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending immigration from Muslim-majority nations, a tweet from Vice President Mike Pence resurfaced in which he criticized what was then a proposed Muslim ban.

In a 2015 tweet from the then-Indiana governor’s official Twitter, Pence called the controversial Muslim ban “offensive and unconstitutional,” sent after then-presidential candidate Trump proposed barring all Muslims from entering the US. During that time, a campaign press release stated that Trump was calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Pence elaborated on his comments later that day, saying, “The United States cannot and should not discriminate on the basis of religion. Free exercise of religion is at very heart of our constitutional guarantees for all persons in this country.” Pence’s tweet is still available.

Snopes reports that while Pence once disagreed with Trump’s proposal, he later backtracked and the scope of the ban changed from when it was first proposed. The original proposal called for a complete Muslim ban while the executive order calls for a temporary suspension of immigration from predominantly Muslim countries. The executive order, titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” suspends entry to the US for seven countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. During the signing ceremony, Trump said, “We don’t want them here.”

While the ACLU and other organizations worked to challenge Trump’s immigration ban, many social media users shared the 2015 tweet, questioning why Pence was failing to address the tweet and why he was now applauding Trump’s decision.

Social Media Reacts to Mike Pence’s 2015 Tweet about Muslim Ban

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