ACLU Tells Trump Resistance: 'We'll Do Work in Courts, You Do Work in Streets'
The American Civil Liberties Union hosted a nationwide training session where it emphasized the legal rights of Americans to protest the Trump administration.
"We will bring all the lawsuits necessary to defend these rights. ... We'll do the work in the courts. You do the work in the streets," ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told the audience in Miami.
Romero said the organization is focused on defending the rights of immigrants and LGBTQ Americans, along with preserving First Amendment protections and women's reproductive rights.
Saturday's event, which was live-streamed online, was called "The Resistance Training," where people were urged to organize public protests in their own areas.
The organization also set up a website called People Power, where it hopes to connect protesters on the grassroots level.
Padma Lakshmi, the Indian-American host of Bravo's "Top Chef" reality show, also spoke at the event, telling the crowd she came to the United States at age four and feels the country is becoming less welcoming.
"What makes America great is our culture of inclusion. We must not tolerate the intolerance," she said.
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in this afternoon, saying Romero was careful to stress the importance of peaceful, non-violent protests. He explained that police officers around the country must guarantee the right of speakers to be heard and for protesters to be heard at the same time.
Harris Faulkner brought up the recent riots that forced the cancellation of a Milo Yiannopoulos event at Cal-Berkeley.
"They have to find that fine balance so we don't have the 'heckler's veto,' where the protest is so loud that they have succeeded in silencing or scaring off the podium the speaker," said Napolitano.
Melissa Francis pointed out that the anti-Trump sentiment is also a "tremendous fundraising opportunity" for the ACLU and other groups.
Watch the "Outnumbered" discussion above.