ACLU to Donald Trump: ‘See you in court’

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The homepage of the American Civil Liberties Union’s website on Wednesday, Nov. 9. aclu.org

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a message to President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, promising the organisation’s “full firepower” should he seek to undermine the Constitution or violate Americans’ rights with the proposals he campaigned on.

A message emblazoned on the homepage of the organisation’s website read “See you in court” next to Trump’s photo, with a “Donate” button underneath.

The ACLU warned Trump that it will be “eternally vigilant every day of your presidency” and will “never waver” from protecting Americans’ Constitutional rights.

The statement was in stark contrast to the conciliatory tone many of Trump’s harshest critics took on Wednesday in the wake of his upset victory, 

In the statement, the ACLU listed several of Trump’s campaign promises, including his promise to assemble a deportation force to remove 11 million undocumented immigrants, ban Muslims from entering the country, “open up” libel laws to allow him to more easily sue news organisations, and bring back waterboarding and other forms of torture.

Such initiatives, were they implemented, would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments, and would be “un-American and wrong-headed,” the ACLU wrote.

“It you do not reverse course and instead endeavour to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at every step,” the organisation’s executive director Anthony Romero wrote.

“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.”

Users took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce donations to the ACLU, as well as other charities and nonprofits.

 

 

 

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