ACLU membership grew from 400,000 to 1.84 million after Trump was elected: report
Membership for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) grew exponentially in the months after President Trump was elected.
According to a report published by The New York Times on Wednesday, the national organization’s membership expanded from 400,000 to 1.84 million in the first 15 months after Trump was elected.
The organization also reportedly saw a jump in online donations during the same period.
In the three years leading up to Trump’s election, the ACLU reportedly averaged between $3 million and $5 million in online donations per year.
But since Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the organization has reportedly raised just under $120 million in online donations.
“Until Trump, most of our support came from people who have been with us since we challenged Nixon,” Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director, told the Times.
“Now we’re kind of cool. Cool’s not a word generally associated with us,” Romero said.
The ACLU is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
The organization, which was founded in 1920, has challenged Trump on a number of other issues since he took office, including the president’s ban on travelers from Muslim-majority nations and his actions against allowing transgender people to serve in the military.
According to the Times, the ACLU has taken 170 “Trump-related legal actions” since he took office, including 83 lawsuits — more than during any other equivalent time in the organization’s history.