One week after four federal judges partially dismantled Donald Trump’s Muslim ban by ruling that detainees in U.S. airports must be immediately released, a fifth federal judge has now taken things much further. After the state of Washington sued Trump in federal court, U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled today that visas must be immediately restored to those Muslims whose visas had been taken away during Trump’s racist crackdown. And somewhat predictably, Trump is going berserk over it.
While the initial court ruling against Trump’s Muslim ban had come at the hands of the ACLU, today’s ruling came at the hands of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson with assistance from the state of Minnesota. The judge stated that Trump had caused “immediate and irreparable injury” with his ban. While the Trump administration can and will push back in court, it means that – for now – Trump’s controversial and unpopular Muslim ban is dead. Naturally, the reaction from Trump’s corner was borderline berserk in nature.
Perhaps sensing that the ruling was coming today, Donald Trump tweeted this afternoon that “We must keep ‘evil’ out of our country!” without bothering to define who or what was supposed to be “evil” in his estimation. Trump has since said nothing since the judge made his ruling, instead of leading press secretary Sean Spicer to post a series of harried tweets on his behalf.
Spicer’s tweet-rant, which was so harried that he numbered them (1/5) and then (2/5) and then (3/6) without explanation or correction, went along these lines: “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of the order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the country and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people. As the law states, Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on entry of aliens any restrictions may deem 2 b appropriate.”
We’ll leave it to you to make sense of Spicer’s rambling, which seems rather clearly posted at the behest of a berserk Donald Trump, whose aides are likely holding him back from his own Twitter account as we speak. But the bottom line is that Trump is losing this Constitutional fight and he knows it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report