Senator Elizabeth Warren called upon Senate Republicans to stand up to Donald Trump. It wasn’t a question of whether his ban on Muslim immigrants was unconstitutional. It was. The question was who among the Republican Senators would be willing to defend our constitution. It appears there are almost NO Republicans willing to stand up and defend the American constitution from domestic terrorist. It is Donald Trump who is the terrorist, not the Muslim immigrants who are trying to enter the country.
Trump has been in office 11 days. America is already in crisis. Trump has now fired the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Sally Yates, the acting attorney general. Yates refused to enforce the ban on Muslim immigrants. Instead of getting legal advice or consulting a constitutional scholar, Trump fired Yates. If he had consulted a Constitutional Law Professor he would understand that the Muslim ban violates FIVE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CONSTITUTION. The ban is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the First Amendment protecting religious freedom, due process under the 5th and 14th Amendments, Habeas Corpus, and Family Reunification Rights.
An intelligence official who spoke to Foreign Policy magazine painted a picture of a White House that was in disarray and being run without checks and balances or even a complete paper trail. Jarred Kushner,the President’s son-in-law, and adviser, is “fucking furious” about the reduction in his role, and the emergence of radically conservative, inexperienced, and dangerous influences having an effect on Donald Trump.
Trump’s executive order to ban citizens of seven countries from entering the US has no parallel in American history, says Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security under Barack Obama.
Kayyem says, usually, there are processes in place to vet executive orders before they’re issued — processes the Trump administration declined to follow in favor of a “disruptive” management style. But that also meant there weren’t any agency officials with advance knowledge of the order who could smooth the implementation hurdles.
From the first 10 days in office, President Trump has shown that our worst fears were well founded. His aides are even concerned. They have acknowledged that there will be a “mutually assured destruction” unless they begin to be more candid with each other. The damage Trump is doing to America, at home, and around the world, may be difficult or impossible to mend. The sooner Congress acts, the better.
NOw that Trump has been called out, he is trying to use Obama as a human shield to deflect the protests and criticism that are coming at him. The difference between Obama’s action and Trump’s is simple.
Obama banned Iraqi refugee applications for six months. Trump’s executive order banned all types of visa applications from seven different countries. The Obama administration did their ban after it was found that al-Qaeda terrorists were trying to use the Iraqi refugee program to infiltrate the United States. The Trump administration has admitted that their measure is proactive. They have no evidence to support the need for the ban at this time.
Trump’s statement is proof that the protests are working. The White House is on the defensive. Obama is no longer the President, Trump is. It was just five days ago that Trevor Noah reminded us that upon the inauguration of Donald Trump, there are no more excuses. Republicans can no longer blame Obama or Democrats for their own failures.
Blaming Obama, or anyone else, for Trump’s own actions as President, demonstrates just how desperate he is.