A Bible lesson for Donald Trump
( CNN) It is a moment that will live in political notoriety. As he announced his candidacy for president of the United States, Donald Trump assailed Mexican immigrants as “people that got a lot of problems.” He accused them of bringing drugs and crime with them across the border and mocked them as “rapists.” Doubling down in the face of disagreement, Trump added that they are “killers” as well. As with so much that Trump says, his comments were at once inaccurate and obscene. Recent studies show that immigration is associated with lower crime rates, and that immigrants are less likely to be criminals than are native-born Americans.
Trump next targeted Muslim immigrants, calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” He also said he was open to creating a database of all Muslims living in the country. As for the desperate refugees fleeing Syria, Trump dismissed them as a “Trojan horse.”