by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News
President Donald Trump’s second week in office began with more massive demonstrations and opposition – including congressional democrats waging a protest on the steps of the u-s supreme courts.
They are demanding the Trump administration stop the travel ban for passport holders from 7 Muslim-majority countries.
Among the protestors was former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders.
“What Trump has done is give ammunition to the jihadists all over the world, who have told their people that we in the United States hate them,” Sanders said. “We do not hate the most Muslim people and we want them to know that. So we say to President Trump, rescind that ban.”
“We will band together to fight Donald Trump as he tries to put himself above the law of the United States. This is truly the purest form of patriotism,” said US Senator Elizabeth Warren, from Massachusetts.
In a Facebook post, Trump defended his executive order arguing that it will protect the country from terror attacks.
But critics say it was poorly implemented, and it unfairly singles out Muslims.
Judges in at least five states have blocked federal authorities from enforcing Trump’s executive order.
However, US press secretary Sean Spicer downplays the global backlash and massive protests that view the actions as discriminatory and divisive.
“I think this has been blown way out of proportion and exaggerated. Again, you talk in the 24 hour period, 325,000 people from other countries flew in through our airports. We’re talking about 109 people from seven countries that the Obama administration identified, and these career bureaucrats have a problem with it? I think that they should either get with the program or they can go,” Spicer told press.
In Jersey City, NJ, hundreds of people gathered at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall to stand with Muslim Americans being targeted.
“He’ll say that they’re small numbers, but beyond the numbers… it’s the fear that’s instilled in immigrants throughout the country, said Rolando Lavarro, Jersey City council president.
“I don’t think President Trump reports that everything’s going okay is true,” said protestor Pam Andes. “I think there’s a lot more to be seen, I think we’re not hearing the whole story, and I think you’ll see more stories come out.”
“We should just be cautious and understand our rights, and make sure we’re careful when traveling.”
Political scientists believe these massive protests along with Trump’s historic low approval ratings, on his first week in office are unprecedented.
They say these things only happen after the President has been in office for at least a year, or when the President is about to leave office.