Dan Donovan is Brooklyn’s only Republican Congressman, representing Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Staten Island for the 11th Congressional District, and at least some of his Brooklyn constituents are really unhappy.
This morning the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce held a Brooklyn Newsmakers breakfast series with the Brooklyn Congressional Delegation, to discuss the impact of the new administration. Nydia Velazques, Carolyn Maloney, Dan Donovan, Hakeem Jeffries, and Yvette Clarke were all in attendance, restating the positions they have taken.
Dan Donovan, who is a member of both the House Homeland Security committee, and House Foreign Affairs Committee, defended his support of President Trump’s executive order on immigration, over shouts from the audience of “How many terrorist attacks have been committed by the people from these 7 countries?”, and called it a “Pause”. “This “pause” is an inconvenience”, he said.
There were about a dozen activists from Fight Back Bay Ridge and Bay Ridge for Social Justice, who demanded that Dan Donovan listen to the needs of his constituents, and disagreed vocally with his statements, shouting “People are dying!”
Neighbors from Bay Ridge were not happy that Donovan is not answering their calls, and not speaking up for its large muslim community, and were asking for a town hall. “No Ban, Ban Dan” were chanted. In the end many of them were escorted from the forum, while some left on their own.