January 29, 2017… Day 10
Angela Merkel said she explained the Geneva Convention on the phone to Trump this morning.
On Meet the Press, Reince Priebus said he didn’t regret leaving Jews out of statement on Holocaust. He said “Everyone suffered during the Holocaust, including the Jews.”
Confusion—celebration, continued fear, uncertainty over what is happening, vowing to fight on — as there are more court rulings against the Muslim ban — deportation and/or deportation and detention. Whether or not it affects people with green cards or dual citizens. It is all unclear. Cries of alarm that an elderly Iranian couple was facing deportation from San Francisco at noon.
The Pope said yesterday “You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.”
Trump tweets “Christians in the Middle East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!”
Four different judges in New York, Virginia, Boston, & Seattle have now deemed Trump’s Executive order unlawful & unconstitutional.
On Fox News, Kellyanne Conway says judge’s order “really doesn’t affect the Executive Order at all.” Department of Homeland Security seems to be ignoring court orders in places.
Trump doubles down in morning tweet, saying “Our country needs extreme vetting and strong borders now”
As of last night, four Republicans have spoken out against the Muslim ban, Most have been silent. Some tweeted about sports. By the end of this day, there would be 20 speaking out, including McCain and Graham.
John McCain spoke out today against Steve Bannon on the National Security Council. The hashtag #StopPresidentBannon begins to crop up on Twitter. Susan Rice tweeted that the national security decision was “stone cold crazy after a week of crazy.” And she’s not one for loose talk.
Lunch with my step-dad and aunt and uncle. My aunt says that one of her friends nearly had a heart attack from Trump-related stress, so she decided she needed to back away. She then said some things about how the courts are countering Trump, and he can’t do that much in two years to erode democracy, and the Democrats will do well in the 2018 midterms and everything will be fine. It was about the opposite of my own assessment, but I didn’t say anything.
Giuliani said Trump told him he wanted a Muslim ban and asked him to find a legal way to do it.
By the time the rally in Westlake Center starts, the Facebook Invite has swelled to 12,000 going, 19,000 more “interested.”
At the protest, an ethnically ambiguous man in a high-visibility jacket yells raggedly that Democrats are worthless, Democrats are as bad as fascists, Democrats will do nothing to help the working man. He is standing on a trash can. A woman near him asks him to be quiet so she can hear the speaker. Up on stage, a Jordanian-American woman is trying to tell her story. The man jabs a finger at the woman who asked him to be quiet so she can listen. He says, “I’ve never seen YOU at a fucking protest before!” The woman’s sign says “No ban, No wall, Fuck Your White Supremacy.” She bobs it at him. He yells, “DO YOU ONLY SHUSH PEOPLE OF COLOR??” The woman herself is ethnically ambiguous. The man yells that he’s a member of a Carpenters’ Union. A woman next to me mutters, “He says he’s a socialist, but everything is just about him, him, him.” A cluster of men near him decide to take one for the team by giving this man a knot of disciples.
They crowd around his trash-can stage and give him all of their attention. They bend in and listen to his words and he talks at more of a normal speaking volume. The rest of us can now hear the Jordanian-American woman addressing us. As I pass by awhile later, they are still having a courteous discussion about capitalism’s ills. (I hear him say the phrase “petty bourgeois” as a noun and think to myself “I think you mean petite bourgeoisie… yeah I am the petty bourgeoisie, get it straight boy-o”). But seriously, anyone who has a trade and a trade union in Seattle is probably doing ok and petite bourgeoisie just means lower middle class. Before I pass out of earshot, I hear one of his new disciples saying politely, “You say all that, but you know, I do need to find a job.“