If Trump Is Racist, Why Did He NOT Ban the 42 Other ‘Muslim-Majority Nations’?


There are just under 50 Muslim-majority nations. (Some ratios are so slight, the number of countries with a majority varies between 49 and 51).

President Donald Trump banned seven countries deemed to pose a high-risk to U.S. security when their citizens travel to the U.S., sparking widespread protest and inflaming accusations that Trump is a racist and is “against Muslims” and “against immigration.”

Yet, Trump didn’t ban 42 or so other Muslim countries, which might cause some to question how racist he could be if he only bans countries seen by U.S. authorities to pose serious risk to security inside the country’s borders.

These are the countries Trump banned:


These are 48 of the Muslim majority countries, with the banned ones checked off (I couldn’t find a list of 49-51, but if a reader can identify the missing countries I’ll add them in. Use the comments section):

1 Indonesia
2 Pakistan
3 Bangladesh
4 Nigeria
5 Egypt
6 Turkey
7 Iran
8 Sudan
9 Algeria
10 Afghanistan
11 Morocco
12 Iraq
13 Malaysia
14 Saudi Arabia
15 Uzbekistan
16 Yemen
17 Syria
18 Kazakhstan
19 Niger
20 Burkina Faso
21 Mali
22 Senegal
23 Tunisia
24 Guinea
25 Somalia
26 Azerbaijan
27 Tajikistan
28 Sierra Leone
29 Libya
30 Jordan
31 United Arab Emirates
32 Kyrgyzstan
33 Turkmenistan
34 Chad
35 Lebanon
36 Kuwait
37 Albania
38 Mauritania
39 Oman
40 Kosovo
41 The Gambia
42 Bahrain
43 Comoros
44 Qatar
45 Djibouti
46 Brunei
47 Maldives
48 Palestine

You might also notice that only one of the top 10 most populous Muslim countries is banned, while the more populous Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, and Turkey are not banned.

Here is another list, from IntelCenter on which the top threats to the U.S. are listed, with the same countries crossed out. This list is from 2015, and there have been notable changes in high-threat areas in the two years since that are not represented.

1 Iraq
2 Syria
3 Nigeria
4 Somalia
5 Afghanistan
6 Libya
7 Yemen
8 Pakistan
9 Ukraine
10 Egypt

How did the White House pick the seven countries?

According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained earlier this week, “What the president did was take the first step through this executive order of ensuring that we’re looking at the entire system of who’s coming in, refugees that are coming in, people who are coming in from places that have a history or that our intelligence suggests that we need to have further extreme vetting for.”

Driver Reverses Classic Mercedes Into $300,000 Ferrari at Virginia Auto Show

At the Virginia Auto Show this week, a woman accidentally reversed a classic Mercedes over the hood of a Ferrari 458 Speciale.

The owner of the Ferrari emerged from a coffee shop nearby to ask the driver of the Mercedes, “Are you f*$%ing serious?”

“That is the dumbest thing I have ever seen,” continued the Ferrari owner.

After the Mercedes driver exits the vehicle, she says she is shaking from the accident.

US Investigating First Auto-Pilot Car Crash Death

A collision in Florida in which a self-driving vehicle hit a tractor trailer making a turn at a highway intersection is being investigated by the U.S. government. The crash is the first in which a self-driving car has caused death.

The government is currently investigating Tesla’s auto-pilot system.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Tesla hit the semi truck when the truck was making a left turn on a divided highway intersection.

The Tesla was destroyed as everything below its windshield passed under the tractor, coming to a stop hundreds of feet further on.

The Tesla driver died of injuries from the crash, which happened May 7 in Williston, a city southwest of Gainesville, Florida.

According to Tesla, the car’s system did not notice the white side of the tractor-trailer against the sky. The driver didn’t notice, either, Tesla’s representatives said, and no one hit the brakes.

“The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer,” said Tesla.

Currently, the NHTSA is undertaking the process of easing self-driving vehicles onto U.S. roads, and Tesla has become famous as a front-runner in the production of popular self-driving vehicles.

An Audi Semi Tractor?

Recently a design team composed of Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko took on the task of designing a new autonomously driving semi tractor for German automobile company Audi. During the early process of their design efforts, the two decided to keep a couple of options, which they developed into the images you see here.

“[The plan failed,” the team stated, in that they were unable to pick the best of their two designs. They presented both of their #TruckForAudi ideas to the internet world for feedback.

Which of the two designs is most to your liking?

Option A: An silver-finished electric truck for highways, which is autonomously driving.

Option B: An black and red electric truck show car.

So in terms of functionality, the team saw their first design as one that would be more likely to be employed in the transportation industry, and more likely to be purchased by owner-operators and large freight companies.

The second design, meanwhile, was not envisioned as a likely working truck. The open cockpit on top of the cabover tractor might have tipped you off.

audi self driving truck (11) audi self driving truck (4)

Will This 2,000 HP Electric Semi-Truck “Level the Playing Field” Between Owner Operators and Large Fleets?

According to the Nikola Motor Company, this 2,000 horsepower electric semi tractor will “even the playing field” between owner operators and large fleets.

Explaining the project, NMC founder Trevor Milton said that he wanted to try to help trucking owner-operators. His plans focus around building the Nikola Ona, a 2,000 horsepower, 3,700-plus ft. lbs. torque tractor that can travel around 1,200 miles (1,931 km) on a charge.

The 6X6 truck is capable of pulling a total gross of 80,000 pounds (36,287 kg) with its 335 horsepower motor and dual gear reduction at every wheel, according to NMC. The foot torque is around 86,000 after gear reduction.

“Torque is instant with an electric motor,” commented Milton. “There is a short window of RPM that you can get good torque from a diesel engine. The electric motor is basically providing 100 percent torque all the time.”

The truck is also lighter — around 2,000 pounds lighter — than regular diesels, according to Milton. This is because the batteries in the electric truck weight less than a diesel engine, and, of course, the truck doesn’t have a diesel engine, or transmission (there’s just an electric and a brake pedal), drive-train, and related weight.

The electric power system provides benefits to the environment, but it also means the designers can enlarge the cab and adjust its shape — in this case, making it more aerodynamic, which can translate into a quieter, more comfortable driving experience.

Subscribe to our Automotive email list to get great trucking news delivered to your email (click here)

It will also have the first-ever independent suspension in the industry, thanks to a partnership with Meritor.

“By working together with some of the top engineering firms in America, we were able to design vehicles that have previously been thought impossible to design,” said Milton. “We want to even the playing field and income inequalities seen between owner operators and fleets for the first time in recent trucking history.

“This is just the beginning of what’s ahead for America, our company and the electric vehicle market.”

The cost of purchasing a Nikola One: $350,000 – $415,000. The cost of operating one: 20 – 30 cents per mile.

The company is taking pre-orders for a fully-refundable down payment of $1,500. The first 5,000 orders will also come with a “free fuel program,” in which drivers will get an “allowance of 100,000 gallons of compressed natural gas.”