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  1. Trump and his supporters are unwilling to concede that the travel ban is racist and bigoted. Things are so bad now that this is what counts as an encouraging development. Would it really shock anybody – anybody? – if Donald Trump tweeted tomorrow, “Yes, that’s right, I banned travel from seven Muslim countries because America is a Christian nation – always has been, always will be”? (That’s 134 characters, by the way, so it’s definitely tweetable.)

    There have been some major, bigly contortions to avoid the conclusion that the travel ban is anti-Muslim and bigoted, even though Trump specifically said last year that the United States should ban all Muslims from entering. The title of Trump’s executive order was “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Nothing Muslim there. And Homeland Secretary Kelly has taken pains to argue that these seven countries supposedly were selected for the “pause” because “vetting” visa applicants from them allegedly is difficult, thus raising the risk that mistakes will be made and visas will be granted to would-be perps.

    But the Cato Institute, a right-wing think tank, reported last week that visitors to the United States from the seven banned countries have killed “zero people.” So the “vetting” seems to be working just fine.

    Regarding the Lucky Seven, six of them (Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and, at a lower level, Sudan) are in the midst of civil wars, and one (Iran) is on the list just because. (Seriously, whatever you may think of the Government of Iran, I’m not aware of any real problem vetting visa applicants from there.) Why Iran and not Afghanistan, which somehow didn’t make Trump’s Hit Parade despite a 40-year civil war (plus two foreign occupations) which killed two million people?

    But if large-scale violence were what would make vetting difficult, then why didn’t Trump ban travel from . . . Mexico. You know, Mexico, where the drug war killed 10,000 people last year (and 80,000 in the last decade) making Mexico the fourth most violent armed conflict in the world (after Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan).

    Mexico – Christian.

    Why didn’t Trump ban travel from Nigeria? You know, Nigeria, where the Boko Haram insurgency killed 3500 people last year (and 50,000 during the last seven years), making it the sixth most violent armed conflict in the world.

    Nigeria – half Christian.

    Why didn’t Trump ban travel from Ukraine? You know, Ukraine, where the civil war killed 1000 people last year, and 10,000 during the past three years. Where a terrorist missile attack shot down a passenger jet.

    Ukraine – Christian.

    I’m sorry, but if you ban travel from Muslim countries that are undergoing convulsions, and not travel from Christian countries that are undergoing convulsions, then you’re a bigot.

    Q.E.D.

    Courage,

    Alan Grayson

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