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President Trump's Muslim ban.
U.S. Flag defaced with a Nazi Symbol.

During 2017-FEB.

Part 3

Donald Trump 1

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  • Friday, FEB-03: Robert Ferguson, the Attorney General of the state of Washington, had earlier joined with the Attorney General of Minnesota. and hand filed a lawsuit with the Seattle District Court. They sought a suspension of President Trump's executive order that:
    • Restricted immigration from seven predominately Muslim, Middle Eastern countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for at least 90 days;

    • Curbs the entry of refugees for 120 days, and

    • Closes off entry by Syrian refugees for an indefinite interval.

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Also on FEB-03, U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart issued a temporary restraining order. His office said that before issuing a ruling, he:

    "... needed to prove that its underlying lawsuit was likely to succeed, that irreparable harm was likely to occur without the restraining order, and that halting the President’s order immediately is in the public interest." 8

Judge Robart held a hearing, and issued a temporary restraining order on FEB-03.


The temporary restraining order applies beyond the states of Washington and Minnesota to include the entire United States.

President Trump tweeted a message the next morning saying:

    "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" 9

The decision was immediately appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Saturday early morning, FEB-04: The Chicago Loop Synagogue in downtown Chicago was attacked. Its plate glass window was shattered. Black and white swastika stickers were attached to the front doors. Unsurprisingly, the police are treating the event as a hate crime. 2

  • Saturday evening, FEB-04: A New York attorney, Gregory Lock, boarded the #1 subway train at 50th Street in New York City and immediately sensed that something was unusual. He said:
  • "Everybody was sitting there stunned. It wasn't until the doors closed behind me that I saw it on the windows of the doors." 3

Somebody had used a Sharpie to decorate every advertisement and every window on the subway car with hate-filled graffiti, like: "Jews belong in the oven," "Destroy Islam," "Heil Hitler."

A fellow subway passenger, Jerald Nied, who is a chef at a local restaurant, said:

"Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie pen. We need alcohol."

Locke later said on his Facebook page:

"I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone ..."

" 'I guess this is Trump's America' said one passenger. No sir, it's not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anyting to say about it. " 3

His Facebook posting struck a chord. It was shared more than 250,000 times on social media!

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  • Sunday, FEB-05: Andrew Cuomo (D), the Governor of New York, shared a picture of a U.S. flag that somebody had defaced with a Nazi swastika.


Another person had later filled out the arms of the swastika to make a rectangle. They spelled out the word "LOVE." The Governor's office issued a statement saying:

"This is what New Yorkers do -- we turn hate into love. That is our message to the nation and to the world. And we won't back down -- not now; not ever." 4

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. The "Trump Cube" image was created by Pete Linforth and was downloaded from the Pixabay web site of "free high quality images," at:
  2. Hana Levi Julian, "Anti-semitic attack shatters glass at chicago Loop Synagogue on Sabbath," Jewis Press, 2017-FEB-04, at:
  3. Donie O'Sullivan, "New Yorkers unite to scrub hateful graffiti from subway," CNN, 2017-FEB-05, at:
  4. Governor Cuomo, "This is what New Yorkers do -- We turn hate into love," Governor of New York web site, 2017-FEB-05, at:
  5. Ted Johnson, "Federal Judge Temporarily Halts President Trump’s Travel Ban," Variety, 2017-FEB-03, at:
  6. Avi Selk, "Meet the Bush-nominated federal judge who halted Trump’s executive order," The Washington Post, 2017-FEB-04, at:

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Former essays about President Trump that might interest you:

  • Part 1: Inauguration. Muslim ban. Mosque burning.
  • Part 2: Court injunction on Muslim ban. Mass murder in Canadian mosque

Later essays:

  • Part 4: "What would Jesus Do" about Muslim refugees?
  • Part 5: Reactions to President Trump's Muslim ban.
  • Part 6: Mulsim ban. President's approval rating sinks.
  • Part 7: Bomb Threats. Reaction to Trump's ban of Muslims.
  • Part 8: Reactions to 1st Muslim country ban. Fake news. Second Muslim ban.
  • Part 9: U.S. Bomb Threats To Jewish Community Centers Continue:
  • Part 10: Bomb threats extend to Canada. Federal courts stop 2nd Muslim ban.
  • Part 11: Federal Courts stop 2nd Muslim ban. Trump's approval rating.
  • Part 12: Courts' Injunctions on Muslim Ban. Marches on Earth Day 2017.
  • Part 13: Trump changing Washington? Travel ban rulings. approval ratings.
  • Part 14: Supreme Court Accepts Muslim Ban Appeal. Trump Visits Poland.

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