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GOP Governors Race To Ban Syrian Refugees From Their States, Forget They Don’t Have That Authority

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In the wake of Friday’s Paris attacks, Republican governors are working to ban Syrian refugees from their states. 

At least 15 of America’s 31 Republican governors – and likely many more by day’s end – have announced they will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter their states in the wake of Friday’s horrific Paris attacks by ISIS. 129 people died, hundreds more are wounded, many seriously, and news reports state one of the terrorists entering Europe may have been “embedded” among the attackers.

Greg Abbott of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Mike Pence of Indiana, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Robert Bentley of Alabama, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Bruce Rauner of Illinois, Doug Ducey of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and John Kasich of Ohio have all stated they will refuse to allow Syrian refugees into their states.

That may play well to their conservative bases, but banning refugees from your state isn’t legal.

NEW: Chris Christie: No Syrian Refugees, ‘Not Even 5-Year Old Orphans’

The Refugee Act of 1980 gives the President “broad discretion,” as Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress notes, to accept refugees, including those from Syria. He adds, “there is no lawful means that permits a state government to dictate immigration policy to the president.”

Some responses via Twitter: 

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Add Kansas gov. Sam Brownback to the list:

 

 

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DONALD TRUMP IS A FASCIST

US Organization Promoting Freedom in Other Countries Issues Warning to America

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Freedom House, a U.S government-funded but independent non-profit (NGO) founded in 1941 to promote democracy, advance freedom, and fight fascism around the world on Wednesday found itself facing fascism at home.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was Freedom House’s first co-chair. The organization was “founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minorities and historically marginalized groups, are guaranteed.”

On Wednesday President Donald Trump refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power, saying, “get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.”

Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power – never before in question since the Declaration of Independence was signed 244 years ago – was by default a threat of violence, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said.

Wednesday evening Freedom House issued what amounts to a warning – to its fellow Americans.

“A key tenet of democracy is that politicians respect the electoral process and the will of the people,” Freedom House said via Twitter. “There is nothing more anti-democratic than a leader who refuses to concede defeat.”

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THIS IS FASCISM

‘Trump Is Advocating Civil War’: Reporter Stunned When President Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, instead sending a message to Democrats to “get rid of the ballots.”

Trump’s remarks were so disturbing the reporter who asked the question called it “the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.”

Veteran journalist Brian Karem, a political analyst for CNN and the White House correspondent for Playboy, had asked the President the very simple question.

“Well we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump replied. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster.”

“Get ri9d of the ballots and you’ll have – we’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there will be a continuation.”

“The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it? The Democrats.”

Ballots are how Americans cast their votes, and have been doing so for centuries.

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VLAD ON LINE ONE?

‘I Have to Leave for an Emergency Phone Call’: Trump Splits From His Own Press Conference for a ‘Big Call’

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President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an “emergency” phone call.

“I have to leave for an emergency phone call,” Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon’s decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, “I have a big call.”

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