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According to a Rasmussen Reports survey, 66 percent of Republicans favor Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.Or the longstanding practice of lynching black people that compelled Mark Twain to call this country "the United States of Lyncherdom?" Trump's rap has roots in the Salem witch trials, the white knights in the white sheets, the sermons of Father Charles Coughlin and the purges of Senator Joe McCarthy.It welcomed not only Catholics, but Jews, freethinkers and, if any had shown an interest, Muslims. Trump would have hated Penn. German settlers were among the first to reach North America, but that did not stop the Know-Nothing Party of the 1850s from opposing further immigration to the U.S. Germans did not, as so many of us still do not, conform to an English-speaking ideal of The Real American. The Know-Nothings had a cause: to keep America white, Protestant and Anglo-Saxon. Trump has a cause: to keep out Mexicans, Muslims and anybody else he decides to pick on. Like it or not, Trump is as much an American as Martin Luther King.
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