When President Donald Trump swiftly took action on Friday, fulfilling one of his most ardent campaign promises with a seven nation travel ban, a whirlwind of controversy started almost immediately. Thousands of protesters across the nation voiced their disapproval staging protests at dozens of major airports rebuking what many deemed an action totally contradictory to American ideology. Among them, Hillary Clinton.
Former Secretary of State and President Trump’s primary opposition in the presidential race, answered what she deemed policy contradictory to the American way, with an immediate condemnation of the order.
A Tweet for a Tweet
The newly elected president’s fervor for social media is pretty much common knowledge. Hillary Clinton began her fight initially on Twitter in a short tweet focusing on the many vital contributions that have been made by many of the people who now fell victim to a stroke of an executive pen.
The first woman nominated as a major party candidate for the US presidency, staunchly asserted that “this is not who we are”. Her social media cry late Saturday night was only the beginning.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Chelsea, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary sounded off in support of her mother’s opposition. Chelsea added to the Twitter craze that has exploded over the controversial policy, using the now common theme “#NoBanNoWall”.
The tag not only admonishes President Trump’s executive order issuing a temporary immigration ban, but also the idea of a border wall between the United States and Mexico; both hotly contested by liberal activists. The young Clinton retweeted several posts, including support for Team Rubicon CEO Jake Wood, who echoed the sentiments of thousands in saying that the ban is “un-American”.
Gold Star Father, “It’s un-American”
Her attacks on the newly elected president who narrowly thwarted her own efforts to become the first female Commander in Chief have not stopped with a single scathing tweet. In recent days the former Secretary of State reopened an old wound from the hotly contested campaign trail.
Hillary backed her ardent belief that the controversial executive order was against core American beliefs by linking to an interview with gold star father Khizr Khan, once a beacon of light in her quest for the White House, the man who President Trump vehemently attacked as a fraud. Khan himself has taken up the cause against the order, stating that it endangers the lives of American citizens.
In the interview with the New Yorker Khan stated, “It’s un-American; It’s against the safety of my country”. In tweeting a direct link to the entire interview, Clinton further voiced her disdain for the first major order enacted by the new administration.
The Wrong Enemy
In the same tweet that started out “what I’m thinking about today”, Clinton added a second linked story from the New York Times. In an OP-ED contribution the path of a military interpreter who had served the United States in Iraqi was swallowed up by the travel ban. The story painted a picture of human refused into the country that he took a bullet for in war.
Continues to Voice Her Opposition
Clinton has continued to vocalize her support of those who denounce the travel ban as totally contradictory to American values. She wrote
I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values and our Constitution. This is not who we are.
Both Mrs. Clinton and her daughter shared photographs of the protests, but no one knows if either actually attended. Many of the final messages posted were efforts to notify people who were detained as a result of the order that was free legal services available.
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