Pro­test­ers urge Ho­gan to speak out

GOP gov­er­nor should con­demn Trump’s en­try ban, demon­stra­tors say

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - MARY­LAND BY IAN SHAPIRA ian.shapira@wash­post.com

Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers gath­ered Satur­day in An­napo­lis out­side the res­i­dence of Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan, de­mand­ing that he wield his sta­tus as a Repub­li­can gov­er­nor of a mod­er­ate state to con­demn Pres­i­dent Trump’s Cabi­net nom­i­na­tions as well as his or­der tem­po­rar­ily ban­ning the en­try of cit­i­zens from seven ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim coun­tries as well as refugees.

Chant­ing “Shame, shame, shame!” pro­test­ers held signs with mes­sages such as “Ho­gan, we’re WATCH­ING YOU!” and “Your si­lence is deaf­en­ing,” ac­cord­ing to videos posted on­line. On Twit­ter, the rally gained mo­men­tum with the hash­tag #WhereIsHo­gan.

In an in­ter­view, one of the rally’s or­ga­niz­ers said that more than 400 peo­ple at­tended, in­clud­ing two state se­na­tors. In ad­di­tion to the en­try ban, the crowd ral­lied against Trump’s choice of ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary, Betsy DeVos, and chanted its sup­port for the Barack Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Af­ford­able Care Act.

“Gov­er­nor Ho­gan is par­tic­u­larly well placed to call on Don­ald Trump to stop these ac­tions. This state is against what Trump is do­ing, and he hasn’t said any­thing. It’s ac­tu­ally been in­cred­i­ble,” said Kyle Lier­man of Sil­ver Spring, a for­mer se­nior pol­icy ad­viser in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion who helped plan the event.

Lier­man, whose sis­ter is Mary­land Del. Brooke E. Lier­man (DBal­ti­more), said that demon­stra­tors ral­lied in front of the gov­er­nor’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence on Lawyer’s Mall from noon to 2 p.m. but that Ho­gan made no ap­pear­ance. Lier­man said pro­test­ers in­cluded some of his for­mer White House col­leagues.

Ho­gan’s of­fice re­leased a state­ment that said the gov­er­nor “is fo­cused on mak­ing a bet­ter place to live, work, and raise a fam­ily. We look for­ward to see­ing these same groups sup­port the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mon sense and bi­par­ti­san ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing leg­is­la­tion to strengthen our ethics laws, aid in the fight against heroin, and cre­ate thou­sands of jobs for Mary­land’s hard­work­ing cit­i­zens.”

Re­gard­ing the en­try ban, his of­fice said, “The gov­er­nor ap­pre­ci­ates and sup­ports ac­tions to make Amer­ica safer, but it must be done in a man­ner con­sis­tent with Amer­i­can val­ues.”

Prom­i­nent state Democrats — in­clud­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian E. Frosh (D) — have con­demned Trump’s ac­tions and have been call­ing on Ho­gan to fol­low suit, but they have been met mostly with si­lence. Late last month, af­ter Trump is­sued the en­try ban, spokes­woman Amelia Chasse re­leased a state­ment say­ing that the gov­er­nor’s le­gal coun­sel was re­view­ing the pres­i­dent’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der and that Ho­gan “likes to get the facts be­fore he com­ments.”

Some demon­stra­tors took part be­cause the ban hits home. Hena Zu­beri, the edi­tor in chief of Mus­lim­mat­ters.org and a re­porter for the Mus­lim Link news­pa­per, lives in Col­lege Park but was born in Pak­istan and raised in Su­dan. Af­ter Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der, the State De­part­ment re­voked non­im­mi­grant and im­mi­grant visas of na­tion­als from seven coun­tries, Su­dan among them. The oth­ers were Iran, Iraq, Syria, Ye­men, So­ma­lia and Libya. A fed­eral judge on Fri­day is­sued a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der to stop the ban, but the Jus­tice De­part­ment has in­di­cated that it will fight the or­der.

Zu­beri, who came to the United States as a 17-year-old to at­tend Welles­ley Col­lege and grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of New Or­leans, said Ho­gan’s si­lence has been hurt­ful.

“It shouldn’t be pol­i­tics as usual. He needs to ad­dress his con­stituents — these are peo­ple from all parts of so­ci­ety,” said Zu­beri, who is now a U.S. cit­i­zen. Cit­ing the pres­i­dent’s re­marks about U.S. District Judge James L. Ro­bart, who tem­po­rar­ily halted en­force­ment of Trump’s en­try ban, she added: “When Trump calls a fed­eral judge a ‘so-called’ judge? It shakes the con­fi­dence in our checks and bal­ances.”

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