Patriots Protest Trump's Nativism; Trump Responds with Threat

Hundreds of thousands of patriots who love their country, democracy, and their fellow humans took to the streets all across the country over the weekend in protest of Donald Trump's vile nativist policies at the southern border.

The media coverage, from my perspective, was...lackluster. I'm curious to see what others thought, but I feel like there has been shockingly little sustained coverage, given the significant scale of the protests all over the nation.

There was, however, an entire article in the Washington Post dedicated to a single man who interrupted a protest in Alabama by brandishing a gun and screaming "Womp womp!" at protesters.

Trump himself, meanwhile, took to Fox News where, during a typically appalling interview, he warned critics of his regime to tread lightly.

"I think they're actually very dangerous for the country, he added, without a trace of irony.

No. We are, however, dangerous for his ultimate objective. The refusal to capitulate and get in line with his authoritarian takeover will show the rest of the world that the entirety of the U.S. is not rolling over for Trump. We will invite their help, and we will force him to extremes that will oblige their help.

I sure hope so, anyway.

In the meantime, Rep. Maxine Waters continues to lead, in every sense of the word. She has been ahead of the curve in doing and saying what's necessary to effectively resist this toxic administration from Day One — and we will end with her fiery, righteous words.

We are not afraid of you; you should be ashamed. We want our children connected back to their parents. How dare you! How dare you take the babies from mothers' arms! How dare you take the children and send them all across the country into so-called detention centers. You are putting them in cages; you are putting them in jails; and you think we're going to stand by and allow you to do that? I don't think so!

Donald Trump, you think you can get away with everything, but you have gone too far when you're trying to break up families in the way that you do. I don't care whether you're Democrat or Republican; I don't care what nationality you are; I don't care what ethnic group you are; we all love the children, and we're going to stand by them!

Some of us know the history of those who have separated children from their parents. As an African American woman, I was raised on the stories about what happened on the auction block when they auctioned off Africans. They took the fathers and they sent them one place; they took the mothers and they sent them another place; they took the children, the boys to work in the farms and to work in the fields, and the girls to work on domestic matters in the big house. Well, we overcame that. We fought against that. We marched, we fought, and we won — and we're going to win again!

Donald Trump, we are sick and tired of you! We have no fear! You will not intimidate us! We're coming right at you, and we're saying to you — we're saying to you that the Constitution of the United States of America gives us the right to protest, and protest we will!

We're saying to you, Donald Trump, you may not understand the Constitution of the United States, you may not have respect for the Constitution of the United States, but we're going to teach you a lesson — and the lesson that we're going to teach you is this: We understand the Constitution, because we fought for it! We respect the Constitution, because it is what has held us in good stead, despite the people who act like you!

And so, because we know the Constitution, we understand the Constitution, we understand First Amendment rights, we're gonna be in these streets until the children are reconnected with their parents!

Now, we have some members of Congress who are intimidated. I have no fear. I'm in this fight! And I know that there are those who are talking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me. All I have to say is this: If you shoot me, you better shoot straight; there's nothing like a wounded animal.

I am prepared to make whatever sacrifices need to be made. I am not about to let this country go by the way of Donald Trump! We are sick and tired of him; he's been there too long. They dare me to say, "Impeach him." Today, I say, "IMPEACH 45!" Today I say: Donald Trump, this is not your country to do with whatever you want to do! This country belongs to all of us!

And because we know that, and we understand that, and we respect our families, we believe in keeping families together. We have great respect for the fact that people get up every day, going to work, doing everything that they can to provide a decent living and safety for their children and their parents — and I want you to know that we are not going to allow you to not understand that, to disrespect that.

We are up and we are strong! We are fighting and we know that we're right! We are going to keep up this fight; we're going to keep up this challenge; we're going to be in the faces of all of those who don't get it. Who don't understand it. We're gonna make them come to the moment when they will say, "My goodness, I guess those people really meant it. I guess they really fought for what they really believed in. And we're gonna have to get out of the way, because, if we don't, they're gonna push us right straight through, and they're gonna make sure — they're gonna make sure that this country lives up to its promise."

We will work, work, work until we bring the children back and connect them with their parents! And I thank all of you for being out here today. I thank you for being so motivated. I thank you for being so energized. I thank you for caring so much about the children and the parents.

But, in all of this, I thank you for knowing that you have a right to protect not only these children and their families, but also to send a message across the world that we are America. We are America! We are America!

We don't separate children. We don't tear up families. We are America! And we're gonna fight for what we believe in! Thank you so very much!

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