ACLU receives $24 million in donations over the weekend after suing White House for Muslim Ban
Over the weekend the incompetent Donald Trump caused utter chaos with an unconstitutional Muslim and refugee ban. Legal citizens with green cards were detained and questioned for hours at airports nationwide. Families scrambled to find out information on their loved ones who were just trying to return home.
But if you thought the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were going to take Trump’s unconstitutional executive order lying down then you were mistaken. The ACLU hit Trump with a Beyoncé real quick. “You must not know ’bout me, you must not know ’bout me. I can have a federal judge stay your ban in a minute, matter fact it’ll be granted in a minute.” ACLU has been doing this for almost 100 years, baby. “Your arms too short to box with god.”
Friday night the ACLU sued the White House over Trump’s ban. Twenty-four hours later a federal judge ruled in the ACLU’s favor putting a halt to deportations nationwide. Meanwhile protesters had taken over airports in New York City, L.A., Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. Twitter users who are typically ahead of everything had already sent out tweets about donating to the ACLU.
Those donation tweets spread like wildfire. Once celebrities like Sia and John Legend started participating, promising to match every day people’s donations up to a certain amount, the donations started rolling in. Talk about making it rain on civil liberties.
The ACLU estimates they received a whopping $24.1 million in online donations this weekend. That’s six times the roughly $3-4 million they normally receive annually. Yes, in one weekend they received six times the donations they receive in a year. Americans are making it clear they will fight back against Trump’s unconstitutional misuse of power, xenophobia, racism and bigotry.
In an interview with CNN the ACLU’s reaction was succinct. “Wow.” Because really, what can you say?
Lyft has pledged to donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years in response to Trump’s immigration and Muslim ban. Actress Sarah Paulson used her winning speech at the SAG Awards last night to urge a room full of Hollywood stars and viewers to donate to the ACLU. Big time investor Chris Sacca donated $150,000 to the ACLU. The list goes on and on.
It was a sight of beauty to see people taking action financially for an organization we’re going to need in the unpredictable months (possibly years) to come. While the win is only temporary it’s safe to assume ACLU is in it for the long battle. And when you show up for the people, for what is right and just, the people will show up for you.