Anti-Trumpism Still Raging
by Stephen Lendman
Nationwide street protests following Trump’s entry into America order are more about him than his EO. Are pro-Hillary dark forces behind them?
Was Obama appointee, acting Attorney General Sally Yates, part of it. Agree or disagree with his action, she refused to enforce it, a legitimate cause for dismissal, a White House statement saying:
She “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.”
“Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.”
Militantly anti-Trump Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted Trump’s EO. His over-acting was inexcusable. Referencing the Statue of Liberty, he said “(w)e will not let this evil order extinguish that great torch.”
“(T)his order is against what we believe in in America…We will not let this evil order make us less American. We will fight it with everything we have and we will win this fight.”
Though the order was all about politics, not its stated purpose, it’s far short of “evil.” Where’s Schumer’s outrage over the real thing – endless imperial wars he supports, Wall Street favoritism he champions, along with force-fed austerity harming millions and homeland police state repression?
The defining feature of Congress is hypocrisy. House Democrats are preparing legislation to overturn Trump’s EO – a nonstarter given GOP Speaker Paul Ryan’s opposition and Trump’s certain veto if legislation reaches his desk. The effort is pure grandstanding, nothing else.
In 2011, House and Senate Democrats supported Obama’s six-month ban on Iraqi asylum-seekers – on the phony pretext of preventing possible domestic terrorist attacks.
On Sunday, top House judiciary, homeland security and foreign affairs committee members demanded an “emergency” meeting with DHS in a letter sent to Secretary John Kelly, saying:
“As ranking members of the committees of jurisdiction for matters of immigration, border security, and admission of refugees, we write to you on an emergency basis to request a meeting to discuss the implementation and guidance concerning the Executive Order.”
A DHS statement said “(w)e are committed to ensuring that all individuals affected by the executive orders, including those affected by the court orders, are being provided all rights afforded under the law.”
“We are also working closely with airline partners to prevent travelers who would not be granted entry under the executive orders from boarding international flights to the US. Therefore, we do not anticipate that further individuals traveling by air to the United States will be affected.”
Separately, Kelly said green card holders are exempt from Trumps’s EO.
For good or ill, it stands. Congressional Democrats don’t have enough votes to rescind it. “Methinks thou dost protest too much” applies to their ranks.
Led by House and Senate minority leaders Pelosi and Schumer respectively, congressional Dems intend an upcoming rally outside the Supreme Court against Trump’s EO.
A combination protest/candelight vigil is planned, joined by local refugees as convenient props.
Democrat party outrage is all about anti-Trumpism, unrelated to his EO – part of a persistent plot to delegitimize him and undermine his agenda.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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