Last night terrorists launched a series of attacks in Paris, and U.S. politicians leaped to compound that tragedy with bigotry. (More)

“It is an act of war”

French President François Hollande was among 80,000 fans attending the France v. Germany friendly match last night when at least two bombs exploded outside the Stade de France. He was evacuated as fans flooded onto the field for safety.

Overnight reporting from Paris on MSNBC suggests the suicide attackers planned to detonate their bombs inside the stadium, both so TV cameras could record the carnage and perhaps to in an attempt to target President Hollande directly. The attackers could not get through stadium security, the French reporter said, so they detonated their bombs at the out stadium exits.

Within minutes, other suicide bombers and gunmen struck a concert hall and nearby restaurants. MSNBC reports that at least 127 people were killed, most of them at the concert hall. All told, there were six attacks and at least eight attackers were killed.

The Guardian reports that ISIS has claimed responsibility and declared the attacks were retaliation for French military actions in Syria, and MSNBC reported that one of the attackers may have had a Syrian passport.

President Hollande responded quickly:

“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” Mr. Hollande said from the Élysée Palace, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”

“An attack on all of humanity”

World leaders quickly condemned the attacks:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was scheduled to land in France for a state visit on Sunday before going on to Italy but has now reportedly canceled the trip, sent a message to his French counterpart François Hollande calling the attacks “crimes against humanity,” the news agencies of both countries reported.

Hollande also received a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama, who “reiterated the United States’ steadfast, unwavering support for the people of France, our oldest ally and friend.” He also offered any necessary support for the French investigation of the attacks, according to the White House.

“This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” Obama had earlier said in a statement.

“I can’t vet racist white dudes from South Carolina either….”

Of course, other politicians quickly seized on the Paris tragedy as an excuse to reject refugees:

And despite this sensible rebuttal

Rep. Duncan quickly doubled down:

Which drew this perfect response:

She’s right. In the U.S. since 9/11, terrorist attacks by white supremacists and anti-government fanatics have killed almost twice as many people as attacks by Muslim jihadists. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Rep. Duncan or Ben Carson to say we should stop letting white people into the U.S.


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