Can a 5-year-old be a terrorist? White House press secretary Sean Spicer thinks so.

Can a 5-year-old be a terrorist? White House press secretary Sean Spicer thinks so.
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Speaking to reporters Monday about President Donald Trump's chaotic Muslim travel ban, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked a direct question about reports that a 5-year-old had been detained for hours over the weekend. 

Spicer's response? "To assume that just because of someone's age or whatever that they don't pose a threat would be wrong," he said.


Predictably, Twitter erupted in outrage at what Spicer seemed to be implying: that 5-year-olds can be capable of terrorism, and should be held to the same level of scrutiny as full-grown adults.


On Friday, Trump signed an executive order halting the admittance of refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S. 

On Saturday, a 5-year-old U.S. citizen and Maryland resident was finally reunited with his mother — who is from Iran — after being detained for several hours at Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport, WJLA reported. Prior to the boy's release, his mother pled to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for help, according to WJLA.

The boy's reunion with his mother was captured by reporters in an emotional video.

Turns out children aren't the future, after all. In Spicer's opinion, they could be terrorists.

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Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a senior staff writer at Mic. She was previously an editor at Colorlines.

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