Another week, another bigoted headline for Donald Trump. This time, the Trump circus’s main act featured an emphatically regurgitated lie that after 9/11 there were “thousands and thousands of Muslims cheering on the streets of New Jersey.” Fellow 2016 candidate and current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who is under fire from his Muslim constituents for his own embrace of bigotry against refugees – stepped up after the 9/11 attacks and has stepped up once again to return that old lie to its grave and shame Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric. But we can’t let Trump’s predictable bigotry distract from some of the more unpredictable xenophobic mis-leadership cropping up across the states, including one Alabama state representative’s slanderous directive regarding “American” small businesses and Texas’s ill-conceived choice to sue organizations helping refugees. 

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