President Donald Trump’s executive order banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States has sparked international outrage.
Despite his best efforts to divide Americans, the new “president” — if one should even dare to call him that — has seemingly done the exact opposite.
Since the signing on Friday, Democrats, Republicans, entrepreneurs, celebrities, musicians, and everyday Americans citizens have banned together to protest his vehemently unconstitutional, un-American new policy.
Although it’s often difficult to find the silver lining during such an ominous moment, many prominent Americans have made it their mission to do just that.
On Tuesday morning, Jenna Bush Hager, President George W. Bush’s daughter, sent out a tweet reminding Americans to “teach acceptance and love to our kids” amidst the atrocities that Donald Trump and his administration are seemingly creating on a daily basis.
"This is not the America I know…" just a reminder this am to teach acceptance and love to our kids for all races, all religions.. pic.twitter.com/32XohAGMv7
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) January 31, 2017
The tweet references a speech her father gave at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. in the days following 9/11.
In his speech, President Bush referred to Islam as peace, saying:
‘The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.’
During his powerful address, Bush pointed out that Muslims make up a large part of America, an important point Donald Trump has seemingly chosen to ignore:
‘America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.’
In a part of the speech Donald Trump ought to pay close attention to, Bush states:
‘Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don’t represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.’
Despite obvious political differences, President Bush’s sentiments ring true. Donald Trump’s America is “not the America I know.”
We must #resist.
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