Trump is attacking on a broad front. There are many reasons to fight him and to stop him coming to Britain for a propaganda boost.
But we should be clear – firmly in the crosshairs are the Muslims. He has started his assault on all of us by attacking them.
The racist travel ban targets Muslims. The far right media and Fox in the US tried to claim the terror attack by a white supremacist and Trump fan on the mosque in Quebec was actually committed by a Muslim. A sickening lie worthy of Goebbels.
A mosque was burnt to the ground in Texas on Saturday, hours after Trump announced his racist ban. This is a nightmare, and it is happening.
In part, because Trump’s team are themselves viciously racist against Muslims. But it is also that anti-Muslim racism and prejudice have been growing for 20 years, fuelled by the war on terror.
It is the central propaganda lie that the fascist Marine Le Pen hopes to use to win the French presidential election. The far right AfD in Germany has made Islamophobia the lynchpin of its advance. And it is the prime justification for ever more wars, which Trump is prepared for, in a different way from the previous government, but in the same places in the Middle East.
The forces of reaction and barbarism everywhere see Trump’s attack on Muslims as their path to power, including the reactionaries of ISIS who believe it will bring them more recruits.
Amid all the apparent chaos around the Trump gang’s Executive Orders, we can safely conclude there is a strategy. They think that by taking the anti-Muslim racism one stage further with the racist ban they can rely on the pool of Islamophobia that has already been built up.
If they can make the ban hold, if Theresa May can bring Trump to Britain with the ban in place, then the door will be open to all the other attacks where the Trump regime wants to go, but is nervous to implement now.
There is a draft anti-gay Executive Order, but Trump pulled back from signing it yesterday. Do you think he will hold back forever? If he gets away with the Muslim ban today, he will feel confident to legitimise anti-LGBT bigotry tomorrow.
Women’s rights: the Trump gang want to ban all abortion and he would like to make his misogyny the new normal. If five year old Muslim children can be handcuffed at an American airport today, women can be handcuffed, abused and forced to carry a pregnancy they do not want tomorrow.
He has announced that he will indeed build a wall with Mexico. Work hasn’t started yet. Stopping that work tomorrow, means ending the Muslim ban today.
Trump’s plan faces two big problems. The reality of the ban has led political figures and many ordinary people who may have gone along with or even supported previous Islamophobic measures and military actions in Muslim countries to speak out and oppose this one because they think it goes too far.
The echoes of the 1930s – burning places of worship, terror attacks on a congregation at prayer and people denied the right to travel on the basis of their religion – are just too close.
More importantly, masses of people have taken action to stop it.
If not now, when?
We all need to do what we can to build on that and take it wider still. That means uniting everyone who does not like Trump and what he represents, and explaining to everyone we know why we must take a stand now against this racist ban, which is a critical part of the Trump gang’s bid for power.
The protests are working. Trump had to cancel a visit to a factory tomorrow for fear of protests. He had to retreat on a part of his Muslim ban on Saturday and exempt US Green Card holders, whom his chief of staff, the White Supremacist Steve Bannon, had initially included.
The protests are forcing divisions in Washington. In Britain they can force Theresa May to come out against Trump, the ban and the state visit.
A hundred and one reasons to oppose Trump – one of them we must all raise in common now if we want to stop him in his tracks: the racist ban on Muslims.
Many people are recalling the words of pastor Niemoller in Nazi Germany: “First they came for…”
Well, first the Trump gang has come for the Muslims.
Will we all stand together now to fight that and prevent what may come next?
Please encourage everyone to join the protests, to sign the petitions and to raise their voices with all their imagination and creativity.
In London – to the American embassy on Saturday.