Liriodendron tulipiferaRemember that Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) we got such close-up views of back in the spring?Liriodendron tulipiferaThis is what it looks like now.Liriodendron tulipiferaThese “cone-like aggregates of samaras” as Core and Ammons put it in Woody Plants in Winter, persevere. Liriodendron tulipifera

The hypocrisy would gag a snake, but the Republicans are beyond any shame (and certainly any claim to the Christianity so many of them make such a show of wrapping themselves in). On Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, they dutifully parroted “#NeverForget” while rallying around Trump’s Muslim ban.* Families were wrenched apart in airports around the country, people deported, thousands of lives disrupted in the chaos before the temporary stay was granted last night. Legal residents with green cards and dual citizenship were been taken into custody, while refugees whose resettlement process has taken years were sent back. To where? A twitter account documenting the names of passengers of the SS St. Louis, forbidden from docking in America in 1939, made it especially poignant. Because of American bigotry then — the pervasive anti-semitism, the white supremacy of immigration quotas — those passengers were condemned to die in the Nazi death factory. O, my America!

It must be a coincidence that the three middle eastern countries not on Trump’s blacklist (Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia) are all places where he has investments. And Saudi Arabia, is also, of course, the source and poisonous funder of radical Wahhabism; it was also the country of origin of most of the 9/11 attackers. So the notion that this is about “extreme vetting” to prevent terrorism is a vicious racist lie. (On vetting, btw, it already takes years to get refugees in; green cards take years as well.) Meanwhile, mass murderers in this country are overwhelmingly white native-born males armed with the help of the NRA and its Republican tools.

*As a special treat for his neo-nazi followers, Trump’s statement on Holocaust Remembrance left out any mention of Jews.

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