Because there was no chance anyone could be upset by the executive order he signed late this past Friday, Trump took to Twitter to blame Delta for all the chaos at the airport this weekend.
In case you weren’t sure if he was seriously tying that to the executive order, he mentioned the “actual” number of people detained in the same tweet (which was incorrect).
I took a screen shot, though I doubt he’d delete this tweet. For reference, you can find the original here.
But was Delta the reason for the protests?
Let’s look at the signs at Dulles, for example.
— Ryan Hughes (@ABC7Hughes) January 29, 2017
I, too, go to the airport and protest whenever an airline computer system shuts down. https://t.co/eZfH0HVwS8
— Amol (@PointsToPointB) January 30, 2017
Steve Kopack from CNBC has some thoughts on it:
Delta issue didn’t begin until Sunday night around 7pm. So, not really. https://t.co/66pellR7TU
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) January 30, 2017
Trump signed an executive order late Friday, which banned refugees for 180 days and “blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 days” (including permanent residents).
After the order was signed, students, visitors and green-card-holding legal permanent United States residents from the seven countries — and refugees from around the world — were stopped at airports in the United States and abroad, including Cairo, Dubai and Istanbul. Some were blocked from entering the United States and were sent back overseas.
This order brought people out in droves to protest. Some in airports, some in their cities.
LITERALLY on the ground. Volunteer lawyers are working pro-bono on a Saturday preparing habeus corpus petitions for detainees at JFK. pic.twitter.com/ddUeQBi7AY
— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) January 28, 2017
Arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport, where there is a rally. People here holding signs and cheering “love Trumps hate.” pic.twitter.com/RBQTUhhrTa
— Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla) January 28, 2017
— Sarah Fathallah (@SFath) January 28, 2017
What was Delta thinking with the outage?!
— sam junipero (@retconning) January 30, 2017