The word for it, in case you were searching, is “despicable.”
“Traitorous” and” Un-American” would also work.
But you might save time by just labeling it: Trump.
When Buffalo, New York couple Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick returned to the U.S. from a trip to Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers held them for two hours, took their cellphones and demanded their passwords.
“It just felt like a gross violation of our rights,” said Shibly, a 23-year-old filmmaker born and raised in New York. But he and McCormick complied, and their phones were searched.
This is what happens when Americans blindly vote for someone with no regard for American laws, American traditions, or American Constitutional principles, to the highest echelons of power the country can provide.
This is what is happening to Americans returning from trips abroad, by the newly deputized Gestapo, the U.S. Customs and Border Service:
“One of the officers calls out to me and says, ‘Hey, give me your phone,'” recalled Shibly. “And I said, ‘No, because I already went through this.'”
The officer asked a second time.
Within seconds, he was surrounded: one man held his legs, another squeezed his throat from behind. A third reached into his pocket, pulling out his phone. McCormick watched her boyfriend’s face turn red as the officer’s chokehold tightened.
NBC news examined 25 cases (so far) of American citizens being detained and abused by U.S. Customs officials acting under the orders of President Donald J. Trump. In all of these cases, newly “empowered” border agents, eager and willing to channel their latent authoritarian impulses, abused American citizens, demanding they either hand over their cell phone passwords—or else.
The travelers came from across the nation, and were both naturalized citizens and people born and raised on American soil. They traveled by plane and by car at different times through different states. Businessmen, couples, senior citizens, and families with young kids, questioned, searched, and detained for hours when they tried to enter or leave the U.S. None were on terror watchlists. One had a speeding ticket. Some were asked about their religion and their ethnic origins, and had the validity of their U.S. citizenship questioned.
This is happening. This is real. And the Republican Party are its enablers.
Wait, did I mention? Most of them are Muslim.
“The shackles are off,” said Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project. “We see individual officers and perhaps supervisors as well pushing those limits, exceeding their authority and violating people’s rights.”
The article details several specific instances of what is happening right now on our borders to American citizens who happen to be Muslim, trying to re-enter the country of their birth from travelling abroad.
First they came for the Muslims. That’s bad enough. And we should be outraged.
But do you really think they’re going to stop with that?
Read the article.
Just read it.