Excuse me for having a one-track mind this morning, but a week into his presidential term, Donald Trump has already disgraced this nation:
“It’s working out very nicely,” Trump told reporters early Saturday evening. In fact, Trump pointed to the airports themselves as proof: “You see it at the airports, you see it all over, its working out very nicely, and we’re going to have a very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”
Sarah Kliff, for one, begs to differ with the President’s alternative facts:
Dylan Matthews focuses on the gratuitous cruelty of President Trump’s latest dicta:
Dara Lind notes that, thanks to Trump’s immigration directives, “We have made a mockery…of our claim to be a beacon of light, a place for huddled masses to take refuge.”
Chas Danner goes into some detail about the refugee ban, its immediate impact and its questionable legality:
The New York Times offers an overview of reactions to Trump’s orders:
And Sarah Jaffe provides a brief, on-the-scene interview with activist Daniel Altschuler at JFK Airport:
I’ll say this for Donald Trump: the man knows how to empower and energize a grassroots resistance movement against him. Unfortunately, that seems to be all that he knows. As of this morning, a federal judge has stepped in to temporarily derail Mr. Trump’s policies; but who knows how long it will be before the administration finds a friendly judge willing to take its side?
All in all, and as the saying goes: if Emma Lazarus were alive today, she’d be rolling in her grave.