PEORIA, IL -- Perhaps 150 people rallied on short notice on Jan. 29 outside the federal courthouse against Trump's ban on immigrants and refugees from the Muslin nations. Trump reportedly has no business interests, and none of the citizens of these nations has ever committed a terrorist act against the US.
The group also was opposed to the Mexico wall and other radical Trump initiatives. They waived signs and chanted for two hours in 30 degree F. temperatures, with the wind chill making the cold feel even colder.
This photo speaks for itself.
The dog wore a sign calling on Trump to stop using his doghair for a wig.
The other sign reads 'First they came for the Muslims..."
The federal courthouse in Peoria is also the Peoria office of 18th District Congressman Republican Darin LaHood, who of course did not appear. It is located in the 17th District, which is represented by Democrat Cheri Bustos. The location is a hold-over from before the area was redistricted.
People were furious at Trump and his administration. Refugees are welcome in Peoria, some signs said. "No ban, no wall," they chanted.
I am personally furious at Trump and his agenda. My sign read: "Impeach Trump and deport him to Russia."
I believe grounds already exists for Trump's impeachment: the emoluments issue (money from foreign nations going to his business interests), the unconstitutional action against immigrants and refugees, even the international ban on family planning agencies (cruel and stupid, in that it will cause many deaths and probably more abortions).Then there's the discrimination against religious faiths.
If as reported the Customs Service and Boarder Control agencies are defying the ACLU's court order banning the deportations, the rule of law in the US is threatened.
An expert commentator on MSNBC said this could be the worst constitutional crisis since Nixon.
This has all the hallmarks of a coup d'etat, with white nationalist/racist Steve Bannon now on the National Security Council, and intelligence and military experts kicked out. Also fired: the top State Department officials who would have mitigated Trump's radical decree.
Impeach him now. At least Pence is not nuts.
-- Elaine Hopkins
Update Jan. 31, 2017: Others also think this is a trial run for a coup.
... the administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored.
Yesterday was the trial balloon for a coup d’état against the United States. It gave them useful information.
Here's the link to the entire article.