The events of the past weekend may eventually be seen as the moment where the reality TV star president crashed head-first into reality.
Trump’s executive order—which temporarily bans U.S. entry of people from seven majority-Muslim countries and suspends the U.S. refugee program—has generated a massive backlash. The reaction has been so vocal that he put out a statement explaining his order.
It’s possible Trump may survive this ordeal politically unscathed—he’s proven himself adept at barreling through unforgiving scandals. What’s different this time is that he’s out of campaign mode—his barbaric proposals are no longer just rhetoric—and many Americans are recoiling from the reality.
Not Only Cruel, But Moronic
The refugee ban and ‘extreme vetting’ were among the more odious elements of Trump’s campaign, and now that these ideas have been actualized, the results are predictably wrenching. They include incidents such as a 12-year-old girl in Yemen unable to attain green card status to be with her parents living in the U.S.
The biggest absurdity is that while the refugee ban marginalizes Muslims, it doesn’t help security. Immigrant-linked terrorist attacks in the U.S. are extremely rare, 98.6 percent can be traced to one event: 9/11.
Already, several federal judges have ruled that the part of Trump’s immigration ban which targeted Muslim-majority countries is unconstitutional. And after two days of chaos, the Trump administration has already reversed course and now says green card holders can enter the U.S.
The implementation of the executive order was idiotic, way beyond an amateur mistake. There was no planning in advance, no seeking cooperation from governors, no allowing the Justice Department and homeland security to deliver guidance. There was also no effort to deal with the inevitable backlash from protestors.
There are many who believe there’s always a method behind the Trump team’s madness. Maybe their strategy is to overload the system—part of Bannon’s plan to “bring everything crashing down.” But I’m not totally convinced—especially since the result is an invigorated and empowered left.
After Trump’s executive orders on Friday, protestors flooded American airports Saturday. Rallies occurred in cities including New York, Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Newark, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqi men detained at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. A federal judged blocked part of the executive order, and the men were released. The ACLU then went on to receive $24,164,691 in donations over the weekend—a huge sum, considering typically they receive $4 million a year.
This is all a short time after the massive Women’s Marches. The big question is how will all of this energy be channeled. Will it just be anti-Trump venting, or will it coalesce into a genuine leftist movement?
Time will tell. Donald Trump may want to look up from those executive orders to realize what he’s unleashed.