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You got a lot of things right in your cover story last is­sue on Trump, the self-styled alt-right and a whole lot more be­sides. But I don’t think even you an­tic­i­pated just how ap­pallingly stupid, small-minded and nasty the new Pres­i­dent of the US was go­ing to be.

Sure, I know there is a view that all of these ex­ec­u­tive or­ders – royal de­crees, any­one? – is­sued dur­ing his first week are es­sen­tially for show. But if so, then why were they acted upon with such in­de­cent haste by the im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties? The ef­fect has been pre­dictably in­flam­ma­tory. Mus­lims in the US are feel­ing un­der threat as never be­fore.

Trump was crass enough to say that he in­tended to ex­pe­dite the move­ment of Chris­tians from those coun­tries ar­riv­ing in Amer­ica. In other words, he is di­rectly dis­crim­i­nat­ing against peo­ple on the ba­sis of their reli­gion. That, of course, is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Which begs the ques­tion: who is go­ing to haul him be­fore the courts and when? The sooner it hap­pens the bet­ter. The man is a men­ace – to us all.

John O’Brien, via email

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