Trump Vows to Fight “Terrible” Ruling Against Travel Ban
For the second time since assuming the presidency, Donald Trump has run into the brick wall of judicial activism. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked Trump’s revised executive order banning travel from six Middle Eastern countries on Wednesday, just hours before the order was to go into effect. Appearing that evening at a rally in Nashville, President Trump was irate at the decision.
In front of a crowd of supporters in Tennessee, Trump said the ruling was an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” that made the U.S. “look weak” to the rest of the world.
“We are going to fight this terrible ruling,” Trump promised. “We are going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court. We are going to win. We are going to keep our citizens safe.”
Judge Watson ruled that the new executive order, which replaced an earlier version struck down by a Washington state court, was still unconstitutional in its discrimination against people of certain nationalities. Watson’s ruling came after a legal challenge brought by the government of Hawaii, one of several state lawsuits that have been filed against the president in regards to the new travel ban.
Hawaiian attorneys argued that Trump’s order would have an adverse affect on the state’s tourism industry, prevent residents from receiving family visitors from the affected countries, and degrade Hawaii’s ability to recruit students and workers from abroad.
In Nashville, Trump suggested that the new ruling had him pondering a return to the first travel ban, which was stricter than the revised order.
“The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge – and should have never been blocked to start with,” Trump said. “This new order was tailored to the dictates of the Ninth Circuit’s – in my opinion – flawed ruling. We have to go back to the first one and go all the way, which is what I wanted to do in the first one.”
Trump would be wise to defend the first order, which was perfectly constitutional and perfectly within the scope of his powers as president of the United States. It is now clear – if there was ever a doubt – that liberal politicians are going to fight each and every iteration of the travel ban, no matter how benign the order becomes. This is an ideological war on the president, and it’s now become a constitutional crisis. The importance of the ban itself is now secondary to the importance of protecting the authority of the Executive Branch.
In Nashville, President Trump appeared to understand exactly what was at stake.
“This goes beyond me because there will be other presidents and we need this,” he said. “We need this very badly for the security of our country.
Trump’s agenda is clear: to protect the U.S. from radical Islamic terrorism.
So we have to ask: What is the agenda of those opposed?