Trump has a history of attempting to trample on First Amendment rights in this country. The American Civil Liberties Union just made sure he knew exactly what the First Amendment was.
The ACLU has put up signs in Times Square, Washington D.C. and, most recently, Los Angeles, with plans to expand their operation in the coming months. The signs display the language of the First Amendment to the Constitution in English, Spanish and Arabic:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The civil rights group launched its “We The People” campaign to remind the current administration of the Constitutional right by which all Americans – including immigrants, Muslims and Latinos – are protected.
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 4, 2017
The Trump administration is having a particularly difficult time in its efforts to discriminate against immigrants and foreigners. He has enacted two executive orders banning travel from predominantly Muslim countries, both of which have been struck down in federal court. He also faces an uphill battle with his proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border, as even Republicans are speaking out against the idea.
Of their decision to put up the signs, ACLU communications staffer Stacy Sullivan said:
“It’s a way for us to state our solidarity with those communities under threat and to say what [Trump is] doing is really un-American.”
For a man who ran on a campaign to “make America great again,” it certainly seems as if he’s trying to make it worse. Thankfully, groups like the ACLU are there to protect and stand with all Americans, even when the federal government will not.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.