Democrats rally against Trump’s immigration order
House and Senate Democrats — joined by thousands of protesters — took to the streets Monday night, braving freezing temperatures to rally at the foot of the Supreme Court against President Donald Trump’s travel ban in one of the most vocal denouncements of the controversial order yet.
The rally mirrored similar protests over the weekend and was backed up by the party’s top elected officials — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who stood with other Democrats and shoulder-to-shoulder with demonstrators as they led chants and held up dozens of homemade signs condemning Trump’s plan.
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“We will fight it with everything we have and we will win this fight,” said Schumer, who added the order would “make us unsafe.”
But Schumer, Pelosi and other Democrats who addressed the crowd could hardly be heard beyond their cocoon at the base of the Supreme Court steps. More than a thousand demonstrators surrounded the lawmakers and even filled the street dividing the Supreme Court and the Capitol, at one point ripping down caution tape meant to pen in the protesters and keep them off the road.
“No Bannon, no wall,” the crowd chanted, targeting Trump’s senior adviser Steve Bannon before breaking out into a rendition of “This Land is Your Land” when Democrats were having technical difficulties with their microphones. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) also led several lawmakers in a verse of the iconic Woody Guthrie song as they entered the rally.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were particularly popular speakers, with isolated cries of “Warren-Booker 2020” also singling out Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a decorated disabled veteran
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