Back in January, the freshly inaugurated Commander-in-chief stirred up global controversy by signing an executive order to ban immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries. This so-called “Muslim ban” was deemed unlawful and struck down by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
And so, in petulant-child-who-didn’t-get-their-way fashion, Trump opted to disregard the judicial branch’s ruling and sign another version of the executive order. Earlier this month, a new 90-day immigration ban was put into effect, this time excluding Iraq from the list of countries that would be shunned from entering the country.
But just a couple of weeks later, two federal judges have placed a temporary restraining order on the president’s travel ban. The first was US District Court Judge Derrick Watson, who presides in Honolulu, Hawaii. The judge dissented yesterday on the executive order in a 43-page ruling, claiming that the executive order failed to meet necessary legal requirements, and that his state had established "a strong likelihood of success" that the ban would promote religious discrimination.
Today, another federal judge presiding in Maryland also decided to block the executive order. Both judges cited Trump’s discriminatory statements about Muslims during his presidential campaign as a part of their rulings.
Meanwhile, the already elected President lambasted the judicial decision during a rally in Nashville. After introducing his statement as "the bad, the sad news,” Trump went on to say that the legal precedent made America “look weak.” He then proceeded to go on a tangent and attack Hillary Clinton yet again for no logical reason, mobilizing his disgruntled supporters into his campaign’s hallmark “lock her up” chant.
The rally had originally been planned to promote the Republican’s highly controversial replacement for Obamacare (which experts have estimated would leave 24 million Americans without health insurance), but Trump was clearly peeved about his travel ban being thwarted yet again, and spent a majority of his speech condemning Judge Watson and stating that his original executive order should have never been ruled against in the first place.
The president also went on to call Obama’s healthcare reform “catastrophic,” and also promised to “cut the hell out of taxes” after he was finished dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
Although Trump certainly seemed galvanized by his echo chamber in Nashville, that support will prove meaningless in his renewed battle against the law-abiding judicial system.