For the second time in a week, Donald Trump sparked large-scale protests across the country, this time for an executive order that targeted Muslims and refugees.
But unlike the Women’s March that took place the day after his inauguration, however, Saturday’s protests at airports across the country were attended by elected officials eager to help channel the umbrage over the detention of refugees and even some green card holders.
Democratic lawmakers joined hundreds of protestors at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, San Francisco International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, among others.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) presence was particularly notable. Days after facing intense criticism for voting to advance Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination for Housing and Urban Development secretary through the Senate, she made an impassioned speech to the gathering crowd at Logan International Airport in Boston.
“It is illegal, it is unconstitutional, and it will be overturned,” she told the crowd of Trump’s order.
She was joined by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
Walsh indicated that he’d be spearheading another protest to “stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters” on Sunday in Boston’s Copley Square.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) joined protesters at JFK Airport in Queens, New York.
Reps. Adriano Espaillat, Yvette D. Clark and Gregory Meeks were also at JFK.
Clarke said on Twitter that she would hold an event Sunday to offer information on “how to protect yourself” from Trump.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) was at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) was in a coat and tails at Philadelphia International Airport, having clearly left an event for the protest. He was joined by Rep. Bob Brady and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
DNC Candidate Tom Perez went to the airport in Houston after a forum for prospective chairs. He and others running for the DNC position had faced criticism for attending a donor confab during the Women’s March.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the famed civil rights leader, was in Atlanta.
Sen. Tammy Duckwork (D-Ill.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) were at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) spoke at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport in Washington.
And California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is part of the state’s “Resist Trump” movement, joined the San Francisco protest.
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