Warren to GOP: ‘Where Are You’ on Trump’s Refugee Order?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the GOP on Monday, asking them where they stand on Trump’s controversial anti-Muslim immigration policies.
The Hill reports:
“Where are the Senate Republicans when their Republican president issues an order targeting one religious group?” she asked from the Senate floor.
The Massachusetts Democrat specifically called out House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voiced opposition to a “Muslim ban’ during the White House campaign.
“Where are you now, Paul Ryan? Have you rejected President Trump’s order to impose a religious test for entering our country? Have you introduced a bill to overturn it? You have the power. Where are you?” Warren questioned.
Ryan was one of the first congressional Republicans to defend Trump’s executive order, with his office arguing it is not a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants.
“This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion,” AshLee Strong told The Washington Post.
McConnell told ABC’s “This Week” that he is opposed to a “religious test” and that “the courts are going to determine whether this is too broad.”
But Warren repeatedly knocked Republicans during an impassioned speech from the Senate floor, arguing that GOP leadership “will not stand up for what is right.”
Warren, who joined the Senate in 2013, spoke from the Senate floor for more than an hour as part of a late night talkathon that Senate Democrats are using to focus attention on Trump’s measure.
Warren also shared stories from the Senate floor of individuals impacted by Trump’s order, including an Iranian citizen who she noted was trying to visit his daughter in Massachusetts who is being treated by cancer.
“They are husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and neighbors,” Warren said. “They are people. They are real people.”
In addition to the string of floor speeches, congressional Democrats — including Warren — rallied with supporters outside of the Supreme Court on Monday evening.
Warren added from the Senate floor that Trump’s order is “unconstitutional” and “immoral.”
“We are here tonight because it is a constitutional crisis and because it is a moral crisis,” she said. “We are here tonight to stand up and ask the rest of the United States Senate to overturn Donald Trump’s executive order.”
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