We were all shocked by the horrific ISIS-inspired attack that took place in New York, killing 8 people. What added insult to injury was the orange president’s rush to exploit the fact that the attacker was an immigrant in order to go after political opponents and our immigration process, as well as to promote xenophobia. But when a far bigger attack took place in Las Vegas just a month earlier by an American-born assailant, the conversation included policy discussions of gun control, and the White House was adamant that it was too soon to “politicize” the tragedy. The double standard was bluntly called out by many, including Senator Chris Murphy who tweeted, “Now I get it. If the killer is an immigrant you can talk about policy change, but if he's natural born, you're ‘politicizing the tragedy’.” The hypocrisy wasn’t only noted by an illustrative graphic by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, but even by the conservative National Review (though they offer the caveat that “all politicians do this”). It’s true that many politicians engage in double-standards, but this isn’t about calling out contradictions so we can say “gotcha!”, it’s about understanding how xenophobia spreads, and doing what we can to challenge this un-American climate.

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