CNN's Jake Tapper tears into Trump and Pence hypocrisy on anti-Semitism — but he leaves out a crucial fact

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are doing their best to make an issue out of Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's tweet that many argued had anti-Semitic connotations — for which she has since apologized — while completely ignoring Trump and the GOP's own obvious forays into anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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This far-right pastor just spewed hate at the Muslims entering Congress - and the backlash was epic

On December 6, Pastor E.W. Jackson used his radio show to attack and defame Muslims who are entering Congress—and judging from the swift backlash he has received, the far-right evangelist got much more than he bargained for.

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A Real-World Tactic for Fighting Islamophobia: Talk to a Muslim

Is Islamophobia as old as Islam itself? This may be a debatable proposition. But there is no doubt that modern-day extremism in Islam’s name and Islamophobia have been feeding on each other to a point that the latter today looks like a raging worldwide epidemic. Ordinary Muslims and their well-wishers are now challenged to think in novel ways of tackling the “othering” and demonizing of a global community of nearly two billion people. This is especially true as much in the U.S. under President Donald Trump as in present-day India, which has been under the hegemony of Hindu supremacists since 2014.

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Islamophobia in the US Is Fueled by Fake Facts and Paranoia

Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a "post-truth era" and putting out "alternative facts" long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network of publications and websites.

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America's Got a Very Real Muslim Problem - Islamophobia

June 2018 was an especially bad month for the status of Muslims in America. First, we learned that a new study showed that many Americans view Muslims in the United States as insufficiently “American,” and almost 20 percent would deny Muslim citizens the right to vote. Then, the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s decision to institute a ban on immigrants, refugees and visa holders from five majority-Muslim countries in a 5-4 decision.

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Political Rhetoric Fuels Bigotry Against Muslims: Study

Donald Trump looks outward from the United States with dreams of walls on the U.S.-Mexico border that will somehow magically stop what he and his supporters consider/view as a brown "invading" horde, human "vermin" that will "infest" white American society. Nonwhite immigrants and migrants are also to be put in concentration camps by the tens of thousands for an indefinite amount of time while Trump and his enforcers decide how best to remove them from the country.

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Watch Anti-Muslim Protester Sob About 'Being Abused' After Police Detain Him Following 'Heil Hitler' Salute

During a demonstration in support of jailed anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson, a protester was filmed giving a “Heil Hitler” Nazi salute — only to be caught on film crying while police arrested and handcuffed him.

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Trump-Fixated Mosque Attacker Wanted 'Glory,' Wishes He Murdered More People: Report

Alexandre Bissonnette, the man who killed six people at a Quebec City mosque in January 2017, appears to be even more methodical and dangerous than originally believed. While he originally professed bafflement at his own actions shortly after the shooting, a new report from a prison social worker obtained by the Montreal Gazette suggests he's unrepentant and had long been obsessed with violence.

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'Punish a Muslim Day' Is Especially Terrifying For Muslim Women

In March, a sinister leaflet declared a point-based system in which attackers would be rewarded with marks if they assaulted, threw acid on, or "butchered" a Muslim on April 3. The paper circulated first in the United Kingdom where media reports said in addition to online images of the leaflet, four members of Parliament from the Labor Party had received the Islamophobic letter. The leaflet promotes a number of crimes, including bombing a mosque, for “Punish a Muslim Day.” But for Muslim women, such a day—and the potential venom it could bring—is especially terrifying and all too real.

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John Bolton Unabashedly Peddles Islamophobic Fake News

Anyone remotely interested in following American foreign policy knows John Bolton has the reputation for being one of the most unrepentant jingoists in modern political history. The Republican politician and lawyer served during George Bush's regime as the American ambassador to the United Nations, and is considered one of the most unhinged hawks in American politics by leading foreign policy analysts. On top of a war-glorifying métier, Bolton chairs the Islamophobic Gatestone Institute, a nonprofit publisher founded by Sears Roebuck heiress Nina Rosenwald.

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Is the #MeToo Movement Leaving Black Muslim Women Behind?

Over the past several years, colleges and universities have been pressured to address an epidemic that has been ignored for some time: the pervasiveness of sexual violence on campus. Studies find that 11.2 percent of all students have experienced rape or sexual assault and college-aged women are three times more likely to be victims of sexual violence. The broader movement around campus sexual assault has called for increased accountability from academic institutions and prompted additional funding into studies such as Columbia’s $2.2 million research project Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation. But the conversations so far have failed to address the complexities of the issue and how sexual assault manifests.

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