Federal Courts stop President Trump's
second Muslim country ban (Cont'd).
Public assessment of Trump drops
2016-MAR-16: Response to the injunction issued by Hawaii District Judge Watson:
During a rally in Nashville, TN, President Trump referred to the ruling as:
"The bad, the sad news. ... The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one. This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach." 1
He promised to appeal the case up to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary in order to reinstate the ban.
The federal Justice Department issued a statement saying that:
"The Department of Justice strongly disagrees with the federal district court's ruling, which is flawed both in reasoning and in scope. The President's Executive Order falls squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to protect our Nation's security, and the Department will continue to defend this Executive Order in the courts."
James L. Robart, from a Washington State District Court also heard arguments about the ban. As of the morning of MAR-16, he had not issued his ruling.
2017-MAR-16: A second District Judge issues an injunction:
District Court Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland agreed with Judge Watson in Hawaii. Chuang issued an injunction against part of the President Trump's second executive order to ban Muslim immigrants and refugees:
On the same day, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary said that:
"The danger [represented by immigrants and refugees from the six predominately Muslim countries] is real and the law is clear."
The Trump administration plans to appeal Judge Chuang's ruling "soon," to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. They are seeking "clarification" of Judge Watson's ruling before appealing it to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Both Judge Watson and Chuang cited statements on TV programs that had been made by President Trump and by Stephen Miller, a President's policy adviser.
Laura Jarrett, writing for CNN politics, quoted President Trump who was being interviewed during 2016 by Anderson Cooper on his TV program Trump said:
"I think [that] Islam hates us.
When Cooper asked whether President Trump was referring to Islam as a whole or to only "radical Islam," he replied:
"It's very hard to separate. Because you don't know who's who. ... We can't allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States."
In his ruling, Judge Watson referred to this interview as showing "religious animus."
During a TV appearance by Miller, he indicated that the second executive order was very similar to the first. He said that the two had:
"... mostly minor technical differences. Fundamentally, you're still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country."
District Judge Watson wrote:
"These plainly-worded statements, made in the months leading up to and contemporaneous with the signing of the Executive Order, and, in many cases, made by the Executive himself, betray the Executive Order's stated secular purpose. ... Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude, as does the court for purposes of the instant Motion for TRO, that the stated secular purpose of the Executive Order is, at the very least, 'secondary to a religious objective' of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims." 1
A "Motion for TRO" is a request by a plaintiff for a Temporary Restraining Order.
District Judge Chuang's injunction was against a portion of President Trump's executive order that banned the issuing of visas to the six predominately Muslim countries. He wrote, in part:
"These statements, which include explicit, direct statements of President Trump’s animus toward Muslims and intention to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States, present a convincing case that the First Executive Order was issued to accomplish, as nearly as possible, President Trump’s promised Muslim ban." 1
2017-MAR-20: President Trump's approval rating two months from inauguration:
Gallup reports that two months after having been inaugurated, recent presidents had approval ratings as follows. This list is sorted by decreasing ratings:
- Carter (D) 75%
- Obama (D) 63%
- Reagan (R): 60%
- W. Bush (R): 58%
- H.W. Bush (R): 56%
- Clinton (D): 53%
- Trump (R): 37% 2
President Trump is clearly in a class by himself, at least during early 2017.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Laura Jarrett, "Federal judges block Trump's travel ban 'soon'," CNN Politics, 2017-MAR-16, at: http://www.cnn.com/
- Daniel Politi, "Trump's Approval Rating Hits New Record Low," Slate, 2017-MAR-19, at: http://www.slate.com/
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Copyright © 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted on: 2017-MAR-21.
Most recent update: 2017-APR-21.
Author: B.A. Robinson