When even Dick Cheney, a man who has both been accused of war crimes and shot his friend in the face, deserts you, it can’t be a good sign.

The former Vice President called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from the U.S. un-American on Monday, evening during an interview conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

“Well I think this whole notion that somehow we need to say no more Muslims and just ban a whole religion goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean religious freedom’s been a very important part of our, our history.”

And for one glorious, fleeting moment, we thought ol’ Dick had our backs; we thought he was, at last, seeing reason.

And then, of course, he added this:

“A lot of people, my ancestors got here, because they were Puritans. There wasn’t anybody here then when they came, but it’s a mistaken notion. It’s a serious problem, this refugee problem is. It’s a serious problem to make certain that the people coming in don’t represent ISIS.

In fact, there were people in the landmass now known as America before the Puritans got here. There were in fact a lot of people. So many so that, you might say, that they claimed ownership to the land, and allowed settlers like the Puritans to build their homes on it, anyway.

You thought you had us, didn’t you, ol’ iron-ass?

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