February 10, 2017

9th Circuit Appeals Court Rules Against Non-ban Travel Ban

In issuing their ruling, the three-judge court stated there was insufficient evidence that the government’s case would be successful on its merits, and there was insufficient evidence that continuing the lower court’s stay would be harmful.

They also stated the obvious, per our Constitution:

Text reminding the reader of the federal court's authority in Constitutional matters

Mr. Trump, predictably, had a public shit-fit:

SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

This may be the first time Trump has heard the word “no.” Imagine how he’ll respond if and when the Supreme Court rules on, or refuses to take up his court challenge.

This is the difference in our government from those where an authoritarian leader has taken control: the federal judiciary. At the ultimate level of appeal they cannot be made to go away, they cannot be silenced. Judges and justices enjoy lifetime appointments. And they have enough integrity to put aside their political preferences and rule on the merits of a case.

Trump can whine and complain all he wants. His notion of national security, deeply flawed and prejudiced as it is, does not trump (hah!) the Constitution.

#Trump #GOP #fraud #travel #ban #appeals #court #ruling #stay

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