Color Me Unsurprised

An Obama-appointed judge in Hawaii has placed a nationwide block on President Trump’s revised travel order.

The judge accepted Hawaii’s argument that some of Trump’s campaign rhetoric showed that the intent behind the executive order is to institute a “Muslim ban” which would be a form of religious discrimination.

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During a rally in Tennessee just after the ruling was issued, Trump vowed to fight the decision.

We’re going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court. We’re going to win. The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.”

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If extralegal statements are going to be used for legal decisions such as this one, then it is definitely time to revisit some other executive orders and legislation.

Tweeters helpfully suggested:

  • Like when Obama said he didn’t have the power to do what he eventually did with DACA.
  • Like when Obama and Obamacare’s authors declared the individual mandate was not a tax.
  • Don’t forget LBJ’s social safety programs, which in his own words were about targeting a race of people for political ends.
  • We should challenge every gun control law passed before about 1970.

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