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Massive Protests Planned to Fight Trump’s National Emergency Power Grab

Progressive advocacy groups are gearing up to launch nationwide “crisis response” protests to fight back.

Anti-Trump marchers gather for the "March for Truth" in El Paso, Texas, on February 11, 2019. As news of Trump's "national emergency" sweeps the country, activists are mobilizing their networks to fight back.

Calling President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration on Friday a blatant and unconstitutional “power grab,” progressive advocacy groups representing millions of Americans are gearing up to launch nationwide “crisis response” protests to fight back.

“If Donald Trump declares a national emergency to push his racist wall, we’ll mobilize nonviolent rapid-response events to stand up to defend our democracy and immigrant, Muslim, black, and brown communities from Trump’s dangerous national emergency power grab,” MoveOn.org declared.

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Thursday that Trump would declare a national emergency as he signs the bipartisan government spending deal, MoveOn launched the website CrisisResponse.us, where people can sign up to be notified of rapid response demonstrations in their area.

“In the coming days, you will hear more from us about nationwide protests against Trump’s emergency declaration,” Public Citizen president Robert Weissman wrote in a letter to supporters late Thursday.

On top of legal and congressional action, Weissman argued that mass public outrage and demonstrations will be necessary to prevent Trump’s attempt to subvert the legislative process to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“If the slide to authoritarianism and tyranny is to be averted, he must be restrained — in the first place by Congress and hopefully by the courts, but ultimately by the American people,” Weissman concluded. “The future of our country is very much at stake. It’s up to We the People to defend our nation against the tyranny rising before our eyes.”

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