President Donald Trump is coming under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union for his State of the Union address.
The ACLU, which purports to protect and support freedom of speech, issued a statement from its national political director Faiz Shakir accusing Trump’s America talk of an “exclusionary” bent. The ACLU decided to harp on Trump over his immigration policy, despite the fact that Trump is a warrior in the space the ACLU actually occupies: free speech issues.
“Tonight, President Trump said the word ‘America’ more than 80 times in his speech. 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,” Shakir stated.
“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. 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,” Shakir said.
President Trump’s presidential campaign and subsequent presidency have galvanized believers in free speech, who tired of the authoritarian political correctness of the mainstream media.