The ACLU is already mobilizing against President Trump


By Kevin Daley, DCNF

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is laying the groundwork for a series of legal challenges to President-elect Donald Trump’s governing agenda.

The public interest law shop and advocacy group blasted a fundraising call to supporters, and emblazoned a mural of resistance across its homepage.

“We need monthly donors—Guardians of Liberty—to provide the ongoing support we’ll need in the coming months. Please stand with us and make your monthly donation now,” a fundraising plea reads.

The ACLU already has already outlined the arguments it will marshall against Trump initiatives in the federal courts. The group released a 28 page report in July, which argued that key aspects of the Manhattan mogul’s governing agenda are unconstitutional.

Styled “The Trump Memos,” the analysis encompasses the New York billionaire’s proposals on immigration, torture, libel, abortion, and government surveillance. It effectively serves as a blueprint for the legal arguments the ACLU would marshal against Trump’s initiatives if elected president. The organization released a similar evaluation of former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

ACLU executive director Anthony Romero released a statement Wed., warning Trump the organization would be “eternally vigilant every single day of your presidency.” The statement reads:

These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed, they are unlawful and unconstitutional. They violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments. If you do not reverse course and instead endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at every step. Our staff of litigators and activists in every state, thousands of volunteers and millions of card-carrying members and supporters are ready to fight against any encroachment on our cherished freedoms and rights.

For his part, Trump is still in the process of assembling the legal team which will advise and represent his administration.

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