NEW YORK, NY — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday put out a statement in which it complained about President Donald Trump’s use of the word “America” in his State of the Union speech.
Calling the word, “divisive”, Faiz Shakir, the ACLU’s national political director, said the president’s repeated use of our nation’s name was “harmful” to “vulnerable communities”.
“Tonight, President Trump said the word ‘America’ more than 80 times in his speech,” the ACLU said in a statement posted to its website (https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-trumps-america-exclusionary). “Yet, after a divisive first year, we hear and feel how exclusionary that ‘America’ is, with policies that have harmed so many vulnerable American communities. The ACLU stands ready to protect these communities, both in the courts and at the polls.”
“In particular, the immigration plan put forth by Trump would hold Dreamers hostage to his demands for a harmful border wall and an even larger mass deportation force,” the statement continued. “We are at this crossroads because of the President’s deeply destructive ideas fomented by his nativist allies and divisive rhetoric. We will continue to stand up for these young immigrants and ensure they continue to contribute to our country. We cannot let America’s Dreamers be deported.”
The organization, which has been a leader in efforts to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants, has stepped up their fight against law enforcement and federal immigration agencies during the course of the past year.
Some mainstream news agencies have also come under fire since Trump’s Tuesday night address for condemning traditional American values referenced by the president.
“Church … family … police … military … the national anthem … Trump trying to call on all the tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted in response to the president’s speech (https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/958528313563254784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.infowars.com%2Faclu-attacks-trump-sotu-speech-used-word-america-over-80-times%2F).
Reid’s comments quickly resulted in a wave of backlash from Conservatives who called her comments “sick” and “disrespectful”.
“Do you seriously consider “Church … family … police … military … the national anthem …” to be “terms of a bygone era”?” Forbes columnist Joseph Steinberg tweeted in response to Reid’s comment.
“Since when are things like Church & family “bygone” era? You liberals are some sick ungodly anti-family (husband & wife) individuals,” another Twitter user, Patricia Dickson, tweeted to Reid in response.
“So you hate Church, family, policy and military? How much more disrespectful can you be?” yet another Twitter user, Ben Jammin, replied to Reid.
Despite the ACLU’s claims that the president’s words during his State of the Union address were divisive, Trump administration officials have called on media outlets to focus on the president’s actual words during his first ever state address.
“Tonight, I am extending an open hard to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion and creed,” Trump said.
“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream,” Trump added. “Because Americans are dreamers too.”