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Jeb Bush Says Trump Sending Back Refugees ‘Appalling’ — If Refugees Are Christians

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Jeb Bush Says Trump Sending Back Refugees ‘Appalling’ — If Refugees Are Christians

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Jeb Bush is taking a stand against Donald Trump’s call for sending Syrian refugees right back to the region — at least the Christian ones, anyway.

Bush, who has called for letting in only those refugees who “can prove [they]’re a Christian,” was interviewed Friday by conservative talk radio host Michael Medved, who asked Bush about Trump’s campaign promise to repatriate all the asylum seekers if he’s elected.

“I think it’s appalling,” Bush said. “If we’ve screened refugees — if you’re a Christian Syrian, who but for the good fortune of escaping and crossing through ISIS territory and crossing the Turkish border, stuck in a refugee camp, and you go through the process to prove you’re not an Islamic terrorist, you come to the United States, this noble country — to send them back to their slaughter? I find it appalling. We stand for a lot more than that.”

“I understand people believe that there’s huge potential threats here,” Bush also added. “So let’s screen them properly, but let’s don’t send people back that have been screened — who, maybe only because they believe in Jesus Christ as their savior, will be beheaded. I just, I reject that out of hand. I apologize.”

Medved then asked: “Will you feel the same way about sending back Muslims who have come here to the United States?

Jeb hemmed and hawed briefly, before arriving at his answer. “I don’t think — if they’ve been screened properly, and people are satisfied with the screening process — no,” he said, “not until there is a clear level of security, which only the United States can lead to create.”

In fact there is a very thorough process the United States uses to screen refugees before they ever arrive here. The whole ordeal of vetting currently takes 18 to 24 months — a sharp contrast with the main refugee situation in Europe, where the vast crowds of desperate people are swarming in.

Bush then continued seamlessly: “It’s time for us to take a step forward, based on the positive American values that separate us from the rest of the world, and believe in our greatness again — believe in American leadership again.”

(Hat tip BuzzFeed.)

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall meeting at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

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71 Comments

  1. Jinmichigan November 23, 2015

    Jeb is no where near being the smart one.

    Reply
    1. yabbed November 24, 2015

      I don’t think conservatism is compatible with intelligence.

    2. The lucky one November 24, 2015

      Is there a smart one among the Bush siblings?

    3. Eleanore Whitaker November 24, 2015

      3 Bush brothers…3 bankruptcies…(Neil got in on JEB’s FL bankcruptcy after his own Silverado S&L went belly up, shortly after Brother George’s Arbusto Oil did.)

  2. Otto Greif November 23, 2015

    Send Jeb back to Mexico.

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    1. The lucky one November 24, 2015

      Yes and send the Duck with him.

    2. Paul Bass November 24, 2015

      Otto, Are pigs flying where you are? 😉

      I agree with you! Wow, occasionally yellow dawgs and conservatives can get along! Have a great day.

    3. I of John November 24, 2015

      Thats just mean! Why would you do that to the Mexicans?!

    4. jmprint November 24, 2015

      I’d rather send you.

  3. @HawaiianTater November 23, 2015

    What’s appalling is deciding some lives are more worth saving than others based on what ancient myth they subscribe to.

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    1. Dominick Vila November 24, 2015

      I can’t help wondering how Republicans who idolize people like Steve Jobs, the son of Syrian immigrants, feel when they say that Muslims don’t assimilate. I wonder how they feel when they reflect on the damage that their rhetoric is doing to the country that prides itself of being a bastion of freedom and democracy, and the home of the brave.

      1. @HawaiianTater November 24, 2015

        That requires an assumption that they are capable of reflection. I don’t think they have that capability. Either that or they willingly choose not to use it.

  4. Dominick Vila November 24, 2015

    What Jeb, and most right wingers, don’t understand is what is that what is appalling and embarrassing is being the only industrialized nations that rejects refugees, regardless of religious convictions.

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    1. paulyz November 24, 2015

      Again with the anti-American rhetoric. The U.S. has taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees over the years, takes in over 1 Million Legal Immigrants annually, thousandS of guest workers, & has over 12 Million Illegals. Our Congress sets an annual cap on how many refugees allowed, (if vetted properly).

      Many believe these refugees can be better settled in safe areas in similar Countries & cultures, and would be much more convenient for them, & cost effective. One question I have for the anti-Americans, if the U.S. is so terrible, why are Millions trying to get here?

      1. RED November 24, 2015

        Hilarious!! Do you really expect people to buy in to your “reasonable” Con approach? Seriously? Yes, the U.S. has taken in lots of refugees in the past and has many here now. And each and every time you ignorant bigoted Cons show your racism and stupidity and hateful outlook and usually do so while screaming about being a “christian.” The U.S. is not terrible, ignorant Cons are terrible, as proven by your constantly foolish, ignorant, and generally wrong comments.

        1. paulyz November 24, 2015

          But you had just agreed with my FACTS! You are the racist one by always assuming racism in others,when you just agreed with my comments. Amazing! You have the Lib sickness! LMAO.

          1. RED November 24, 2015

            Wow!! Never am I surprised at what simpletons Cons. Yes I agree that the US has taken lots of refugees in the past and that millions immigrate here each year. However, moron, that doesn’t mean I agree with the hateful racist ideology of the you ignorant Cons. It’s fascinating and enlightening how you think that because I agree that refugees come here that your ignorant Con mind immediately assumes that I see that as a negative or a bad thing like ignorant Cons do. The Con sickness is truly a terrible disease.

          2. paulyz November 29, 2015

            Absolutely nothing racist in my comments, just facts, which you agreed with. The very first impulse from your hateful, biased, gullible brain, is to blurt out “racism” to any non-minority or anyone with different views than you. Just another racist, intolerant, hateful LiberOOOL.

          3. RED November 29, 2015

            Thinking an ignorant Con is capable of reason is like expecting a sociopath to have emotions or a rock to have feelings, it’s simply not possible. It’s complete ignorance and stupidity that makes you an ignorant Con. I do realize that , being an ignorant Con, you’re quite possibly too stupid to even recognize your racism. Or in some cases, you ignorant Cons do recognize your bigotry and just pretend it’s other things or try to cover it up.

          4. paulyz November 30, 2015

            I repeat, NOTHING racist in any of my comments. On the other hand, you Progressives constantly show your racist, anti-White attitudes, they seep out of you in your regular speech. Us Conservatives have more real empathy than you Phony feel-good Libs, whose policies create poverty, dependency, & hardships that last generations.

          5. paulyz December 5, 2015

            Actually the racist remarks seep freely from your tongue, clearly showing your anti-White, anti-American prejudices.

    2. stcroixcarp November 24, 2015

      Why was it that we rejected the little Christian kid refugees from Central America? I forgot. Was it because they had lice and ebola or were they drug dealers with thighs the size of watermelons?

      1. Dominick Vila November 24, 2015

        Since they were not super human, evil, Syrians the excuse then was that they were illegals and that some probably had tuberculosis.

  5. yabbed November 24, 2015

    Republicans are mean people. Their anger and hostility toward the world is very unattractive. The damage their bigotry does to our country is enormous and yet the fool conservatives can’t seem to understand why the world doesn’t respect us.

    Reply
    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 24, 2015

      The title from a 1958 novel called “The Ugly American” expressed not only and image of America then, but is even more fitting for such as the likes of Trump, Carson, Jeb, and the others, along with their supporters. No doubt they never heard of the novel, nor are they familiar with the phrase.

    2. FT66 November 24, 2015

      Remember our brains aren’t all wired in quite the same way.

  6. Eleanore Whitaker November 24, 2015

    Republican men are also dangerous people if left to preach their hideous gospels of hate. Right now, Trump is out front and he is about to create the same kind of Hitlerian followers his daddy was part of.

    When Republican men are only in it for the “win,” that isn’t what government is remotely about.

    JEB is switching his tune because he found out that many Syrians are not ALL Muslims. Many are Byzantine Catholics.

    When Trump publicly stated he “saw” thousands of Muslims in NJ dancing in th streets on 9/11, he used the reference from the Washington Post. Now, the journalist who wrote the piece Trump refers to is stating Trump is a liar.

    The only people out on the streets on 9/11 were those thousands fleeing NY City. This is why it is time to take down the GOP once and for all. You’ve got mean spirited, autocratic Tea Party Libertarians lying, cheating the government by taking more than their fair share of our taxes. We need them?

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  7. FT66 November 24, 2015

    Jeb must understand, any good leader never chose and pick a group over the other, as he is expected to be a leader of all people, regardless of their religion, party affliation, gender or age.

    Reply
    1. Paul Bass November 24, 2015

      Your answer is in your second phrase, “any good leader”, Bush PROVED he is NOT a good leader years ago with the whole Terri Schiavo case.

    2. stcroixcarp November 24, 2015

      GOPers are the great dividers. Scott Walker was their spokesman when he told his rich girlfriend that his strategy was to divide and conquer. Jeb is a one man Wizard of Oz show–no brain, no heart and cowardly as hell.

  8. I of John November 24, 2015

    Hey JEB? how about putting patches on their clothes so we can tell which are which? Imbecile! I used to think that he just spoke poorly now I know he thinks poorly.

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  9. Böcker November 24, 2015

    Jeb! opening his mouth and inserting his foot, right up to his knee. Keep talking Jeb! Proving beyond a doubt that you really are the dumb one.

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  10. latebloomingrandma November 24, 2015

    Stick a fork in him. He’s done.

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    1. paulyz November 24, 2015

      Good, why Jeb is so far down in the polls, Conservatives don’t want him, we’ll take Trump or Cruz.

      1. jmprint November 24, 2015

        Only fools want to be TRUMPed into bankruptcy and CRUZified into false religion.

      2. pattreid November 24, 2015

        You can have Trump. I’ll take a Muslim, Syrian any day of the week over that bigoted hateful creep. he won’t be happy until he creates an internal conflict that destroys America. Then he’ll seize the reins. And all the things the right predicted from Obama will become reality under Trump. You can keep your racist. I don’t want him.

        1. paulyz November 24, 2015

          Another anti-American statement by you Lefties I see. Why is Trump “bigoted”, because he wants to enforce our Laws, keeping Illegals out? By securing our borders he is securing the safety, the economic benefit, to ALL Legal Americans. Of course the Illegals will bitch.

          1. pattreid November 27, 2015

            Trump is bigoted because:

            1. He paints all hispanic immigrants as rapists and murders
            2. He declares that black protestors deserve to be roughed up
            3. He paints all Muslims as terrorists
            4. He ridicules people who are afflicted
            5. He has never married an American woman (this last one is a former porn star… bet ya can’t wait to have a porn star in the W/H!!). Wonder what he’s got against American women, maybe they’re too independent, he likes his women submissive.

            6. He says he ‘cherishes’ women, but never does he say he respects them. They’re his objects to own and “cherish”, much like a favorite trinket or a large bank account.

            And as far as securing the borders… Not only is he full of crap, his fellow plutocrats will never allow it. They like the cheap labor. And the one thing Trump HAS promised, that he will actually follow though on, is that he will depress wages of American workers to compete with China. This he has promised on more than one occasion, but you lemmings choose to not hear it. The “illegals”, as you like to denigrate them, will not be a problem anymore, we will be the ones working for those wages.

          2. paulyz November 30, 2015

            Incorrect. Trump was talking about “some” of the “ILLEGAL ALIEN TRESPASSERS” as rapists & murderers, NOT Hispanic LEGAL Immigrants. Do you understand our language? Trump never said ALL Muslins, only precaution against terrorists. You have twisted the facts to misinform, & push your ideology & selfish wishes.

          3. pattreid December 1, 2015

            Believe that if you wish. I know Trump, he’s a conniving manipulator who has nothing but contempt for others, and an out of control ego. If you and his other lemmings manage to get him elected, you will live to regret it and suffer for it. As for myself, if you manage to get him elected that’s a fate I will not live with, I will be out of this once great country before I’ll live with a fascist dictator.

          4. paulyz December 5, 2015

            Then you should just leave right now under the Emperor Obama that doesn’t believe in Separation of Powers. Hopefully Trump is our next President, so we start enforcing our Laws, then all of the people Illegally here will leave, returning our Country to it’s past greatness. He also will keep the anti-Americans out.

          5. pattreid December 5, 2015

            Yupper, he’ll get those brownshirts out there and keep you all in line, or you’ll be disappeared. Welcome to fascist America.

            I don’t deserve to be punished with a Trump presidency, even if there are enough nuts in America like you who would embrace a fascist. I have my exit plans in place. Here’s a news flash: it’s not just the left that sees his fascism. Very sane conservatives have used the ‘f’ word for Trump.

            Hitler was loved by bigots in the beginning as well…..

          6. paulyz December 5, 2015

            Millions of Legal Normal Americans have no fear of Trump, just you Liberals & Illegals that are dependent on American taxpayers. Start packin’.

          7. pattreid December 7, 2015

            Well, “normal” is not a word I’d choose. His appeal is to the terrorized, the ones who think there’s a commie around every corner, who think Obama is Muslim and a commie at the same time, who conflate ISIS w/communism. He appeals to white men who seen their privilege slipping away as wealth and power coagulate at the top .05% (altho’ they may blame this on Mexican immigrants instead of the top .05%). Their entitlement to wealth, moving up the ladder, ever growing income and power…. all going away. I’m sure you’ve read about the increasing death rate for the 45-54 y/o age group, predominantly driven by self-destructive behavior.
            In other words, he appeals to the haters and fear-stricken. The truth is, the conservatives do not want the “freedom” they profess, they instead long for control, over others and over themselves. In other words, “freedom for me but not for thee”. They naively believe that constriction on freedoms will never apply to them. If you’re an obedient little lemming, you have nothing to worry about. OK, I repeat: Hitler was loved in the beginning, he was going to take down those awful Jews, and the bigots of Germany embraced that. Read your history. They all thought they were immune to the oppression that ensued.

            One more point, it’s not just the left that labels Trump as fascist, this is coming from more and more republicans.

            ”People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.” Ben Franklin

          8. paulyz December 7, 2015

            So far, Trump has been right on his assessments, & most Americans agree with him. Obama on the other hand, has lied & deceived us on terrorism, Illegal Trespassing, Obamacare, transparency, & much more.

          9. pattreid December 8, 2015

            Well, you’re wrong again. Most Americans still believe in freedom and the Constitution. Trump does not. IF his words yesterday did not send warning chills down your spine, you are blindly embracing a bold fascist. I pity you. I do believe your hate for Obama has clouded your judgement. It’s referred to as Obama derangement syndrome, and has been affecting a minority of Americans from the moment a majority of Americans elected him, not once but twice. And, paulyz, I’m not an Obamabot, nor am I a staunch supporter of Hillary. But, if the GOP is dumb enough to allow Trump to become your standard bearer, Hillary or Bernie will win the Presidency, no doubt about it. Even the power mongers of America do not want a fascist President.

            As for the frothing at the mouth from some on the right, the blinding hatred and crippling fear, well, I pity those like you who have to live that way. It must be very disturbing for you. I have to wonder, though, how many young people were sent into the arms of ISIS yesterday because of Trump’s words. I will remind you, not all are Muslim who are attracted to ISIS. We see from our white-boy-American mass murders, that there is an allure of violence to the disaffected.

          10. paulyz December 9, 2015

            Hmm, MORE anti-White rants.

          11. pattreid December 9, 2015

            Get control of white boy mass murderers or keep your racist mouth shut. You don’t get to hate on Muslims while embracing your white boys killers, hypocrite.

          12. paulyz December 11, 2015

            Even MORE anti-White rants. What color of a boy are you?

          13. paulyz December 13, 2015

            Zzzzzzzzzzz.

          14. paulyz December 6, 2015

            How do you “know” Trump, close associate of his?

          15. pattreid December 7, 2015

            During my real estate investment years in NYC. He doesn’t know me. But I sure know him. I watched as he encouraged people to invest in real estate even as he was selling off his own properties. Actually, he was pumping up the market so he could sell off his properties at the time. This was during the lead-up to the crash. He and Robert Kyosaki held a symposium in Javitts knowing full-well the crash was coming. I believe it was in 2006, maybe a bit earlier. It was before I retired.

            He has an outsized ego, and is very manipulative, controlling. Why do you think he never marries American women? They’re too strong for his ego. He wants women who enjoy the Barbie doll role. He surrounds himself with worshippers and castrates anyone who does not worship him. I promise you this: Trump can’t win the NY and NJ voters. Maybe the FL voters, but that’s not a surprise, now is it? He has alienated every voting block except white males and, just in case you’re not paying attention, he can’t win the WH that way.

          16. paulyz December 7, 2015

            I don’t think his daughter fits your “theory”. Many Hispanics, (not Illegals), Blacks, Independents, & some Democrats seem to like him as well.

          17. pattreid December 8, 2015

            You don’t “think”?? Yeah, you should have stopped right there. When Morning Joe, MSNBC’s concession to r.w. hysterics, asks “Is this what Germany looked like in the 1930’s”, you need to wake up and smell the coffee.

          18. paulyz December 9, 2015

            That doesn’t answer your biased remark about Trump liking weak women. His daughter is a very strong, accomplished woman. You have a low opinion of women. I usually smell the coffee, then wake up.

          19. pattreid December 9, 2015

            I suppose you think you last sentence was something clever, a twist on words, but it was meaningless. It says nothing except that you have nothing worthwhile to put forward.
            I submit, it’s Trump who has a low opinion of most women. He feels we need to be ‘cherished’. I have a loving husband and I don’t need to be cherished by Trump. What I need is equal pay for equal work, I need the freedom to control my own body. I need respect. Yes, his daughter is strong and accomplished. If he cherishes his wife and daughter, that’s just fine, it’s his business. But he no longer defends a woman’s right to control her own reproductive systems (he used to before becoming this r.w. maniac). He has stated repeatedly that he intends to suppress (not increase) wages on everyone, this disproportionately affects women. His oft repeated stance on suppressing wages to compete with 3rd world countries seems to sail right over the heads of right wingers. What part of poverty don’t you get? We have the most extreme transfer of wealth to the wealthy ever in our country, and he tells you that he will exacerbate that. And you’re all like, “la, la, la, I didn’t hear that”. This will affect women more than men! This will affect children, this will depress the standard of living for all but the fewest of Americans, and you are embracing that. Sick. We still have to pay American prices for food, clothing and shelter, but he wants us to do on Chinese or Indian wages.

  11. sealbeams November 24, 2015

    This was not a slip or foot in mouth. That is how this guy believes and thinks. No surprise here.

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    1. Jinmichigan November 24, 2015

      Yes, he’s said similar enough things often enough to believe he truly is a religious bigot.

    2. pattreid November 24, 2015

      And yet, he’s light years more compassionate than Trump, the other (amongst the large field of christian posers) fake christian who uses faith and fear to control the lemmings.

    3. yabbed November 24, 2015

      Remember the story about GWB bringing home the college girlfriend who had a Jewish stepparent and being told to get rid of her?

  12. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 24, 2015

    Jeb, is that what your parents taught you, is that what the ministers in churches instilled in your darksome mind, and is that the way a Christian is supposed to think? Judging from the support that the religious bigots among a glut of wannabe’s for President get from the thoughtless and callous in America, it is clear to what an abysmal level so
    many so-called Christians have sunk to.

    Based on what Jeb has to say, and how the Conservatives of America by-and-large think, such language and hostility by so-called Christians is consistent with the moral and spirit that eats away at the vitals of Christians and their institutions. It’s as though being a Christian is just a matter of carrying an ID card that says “I’m Christian”, yet demonstrating values that say otherwise.

    “Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more”. (From Baha’u’llah’s “The Hidden Words”)

    Reply
    1. stcroixcarp November 24, 2015

      Peace, Aaron.

  13. Albert Harris November 24, 2015

    Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don’t want to accept them. They worry that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don’t see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

    This is what could happen in the US in 2015, if the governors and members of Congress pushing to stop the admission of Syrian refugees have their way. But it’s definitely what happened in 1939 to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. The US (and other countries in the Western Hemisphere) could have saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis. They didn’t. At one point, the US literally turned away a ship of 900 German Jews. Shortly afterward, it rejected a proposal to allow 20,000 Jewish children to come to the US for safety.

    At the time, the US didn’t know how terrible the Holocaust would become. But Americans did know that Nazis were encouraging vandalism and violence against Jews — many Americans had been alarmed by Kristallnacht in 1938, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt had issued a statement condemning it. But America didn’t feel strongly enough about the mistreatment of Jews to allow them to find a safe harbor in the US.

    That is a moral stain on the nation’s conscience, and it’s what led the US and other countries, after the war, to create a way for persecuted people to seek and find refuge. Modern refugee policy, in other words, is largely a response to the failures of the Holocaust era.

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  14. Albert Harris November 24, 2015

    THIS IS THE MOST RACIST BIGOTED COUNTRY IN THE WORLDDesperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don’t want to accept them. They worry that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don’t see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

    This is what could happen in the US in 2015, if the governors and members of Congress pushing to stop the admission of Syrian refugees have their way. But it’s definitely what happened in 1939 to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. The US (and other countries in the Western Hemisphere) could have saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis. They didn’t. At one point, the US literally turned away a ship of 900 German Jews. Shortly afterward, it rejected a proposal to allow 20,000 Jewish children to come to the US for safety.

    At the time, the US didn’t know how terrible the Holocaust would become. But Americans did know that Nazis were encouraging vandalism and violence against Jews — many Americans had been alarmed by Kristallnacht in 1938, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt had issued a statement condemning it. But America didn’t feel strongly enough about the mistreatment of Jews to allow them to find a safe harbor in the US.

    That is a moral stain on the nation’s conscience, and it’s what led the US and other countries, after the war, to create a way for persecuted people to seek and find refuge. Modern refugee policy, in other words, is largely a response to the failures of the Holocaust era.

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    1. yabbed November 24, 2015

      I couldn’t read past your first ten first words. The hyperbole was overwhelming.

      1. Sterling Harris November 25, 2015

        YOU CAN READ ASTOUNDING

      2. Albert Harris November 29, 2015

        REPUBLICANS ARE IDIOTS YOU CAN READ THIS CAN’T YOU.

  15. pattreid November 24, 2015

    So, only ‘proven christians’ are worthy of mercy. How ‘christian’ of you to think that way. Maybe eventually you’ll come to understand why atheism is growing, and church attendance is diminishing.

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  16. Insinnergy November 24, 2015

    Jeb… The dumbest brother.
    Who knew?

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  17. ham hock November 25, 2015

    Funny how most of the attacks on U.S soil against other U.S citizens come from extremist right wing christians, but go ahead, keep blaming the refugees, even though it has been proven time and time again they arent dangerous.

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