Donald Trump’s reckless, discriminatory, illegal and unconstitutional immigration orders need to be resisted by all patriotic Americans. Happily folks of all stripes began to step up to the plate over the weekend as scores of protests broke out across the country. Even NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. — the most popular figure in a sport that worked to elect Trump — spoke out to his 1.9 million followers on Twitter. This is from an article in the Charlotte Observer:
“Earnhardt tweeted this his own ancestors left Europe centuries ago to escape religious persecution.
In a tweet to Twitter user @GelarBudidarma, who identifies himself as a Muslim “mostly from” Bandung, Indonesia, Earnhardt wrote: ‘my fam immigrated from Germany in 1700s escaping religious persecution. America is created by immigrants.’”
Meanwhile, editorial pages across the country slammed Trump. The New York Times put it this way:
“That the order, breathtaking in scope and inflammatory in tone, was issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day spoke of the president’s callousness and indifference to history, to America’s deepest lessons about its own values.
The order lacks any logic. It invokes the attacks of Sept. 11 as a rationale, while exempting the countries of origin of all the hijackers who carried out that plot and also, perhaps not coincidentally, several countries where the Trump family does business. The document does not explicitly mention any religion, yet it sets a blatantly unconstitutional standard by excluding Muslims while giving government officials the discretion to admit people of other faiths.
The order’s language makes clear that the xenophobia and Islamophobia that permeated Mr. Trump’s campaign are to stain his presidency as well. Un-American as they are, they are now American policy.”
Finally, some Republican politicians have begun to send modest signals of opposition. As an editorial in the Greensboro News & Record noted over the weekend, North Carolina’s junior senator, Thom Tillis, has begun to stand up — at least on his knees — to Trump.
Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot more than tweets, editorials and modest disagreements to stop the Discriminator-in-chief. People like Tillis, in particular — the people who knew better and helped elect Trump anyway — are going to have to muster the courage and patriotism to break with Trump, vote against him and help bring him down. Let’s hope Tillis and his buddies soon acknowledge the hard truth expressed in this morning’s Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com:
“It is not OK to have a president who barely has a casual relationship with the truth.”