After President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order putting into place temporary immigration and refugee bans, there has been outrage across the country and even the world. This ban has caused a lot of uncertainty among those who have been directly affected.
Many people are calling this a Muslim Ban. While the Trump Administration is trying to downplay that name, Trump himself called for a Muslim ban during the 2016 presidential campaign and Rudy Giuliani even admitted that Trump told him it’s a Muslim ban.
On Saturday, January 28, protests were held at airports across the country. And there are even lawsuits being filed against the President’s action.
Now former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are speaking out about this issue.
First came a tweet from Clinton, who expressed her support for the protesters and then added a blunt statement about the ban and how this fits (or, rather, doesn’t fit) into the values that Americans hold:
I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 29, 2017
Today, she tweeted again, this time saying “What I’m thinking about today” and including links to two articles:
What I’m thinking about today:
And a vet who fought with those now excluded:https://t.co/4LhNIT8xVo
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 31, 2017
One has an interview with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who gave a passionate anti-Trump speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention last summer in which he held up his pocket Constitution and exclaimed, “Have you even read the Constitution?” In this article, Khan gives his views on the ban.
The other article centers on a veteran who has worked with some of the people being barred from entering the United States.
Obama has also weighed in via a statement released by his spokesperson Kevin Lewis:
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy–not just during an election but every day.
“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.
“With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
As of Monday (three days after the Executive Order was issued), Trump has a 51% disapproval and only a 43% approval, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll.