Dear MoveOn member,
Donald Trump announced Monday that, if elected president, he would enact an extreme "vetting" test to determine if the values of those seeking to enter the U.S. are so-called American values.1 He claims his test would expose those who have "hostile attitudes" towards America. Yet we know that his proposal is fueled by racism and xenophobia.
Our country already has a test immigrants take when they apply for citizenship—one that tests their knowledge of American history and civics. So, before Trump gets to propose a new, xenophobic test, I challenge him to take the one that already exists.
I believe Trump would almost certainly fail this test, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles, and functioning of our government. His entire political career—beginning with his absurd and dangerous campaign to discredit President Obama—has been built around alienating other Americans.
The fact is, Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society who has earned nothing and helped no one.
—Senator Harry Reid
1. "Trump proposes ideological test for Muslim immigrants and visitors to the U.S.," The Washington Post, August 15, 2016
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