A matter of hours before it was due to take effect, President Trump’s revised travel ban was blocked by Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin.
The ruling came as opponents from three states claimed the order discriminates against Muslims, and would also have had a profound impact on tourism.
“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” U.S District Judge Derrick Watson wrote in his ruling. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”
Trump was quick to respond to the ruling at a rally on Wednesday.”This ruling makes us look weak which by the way we no longer are, believe me.” Before he vowed to “fight this terrible ruling.”
The President promised “we’re going to win it” before claiming he was prepared to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court.
Trump’s attorneys claimed the “watered down” ban was revised drastically from the first proposal. “It doesn’t say anything about religion. It doesn’t draw any religious distinctions,” claimed Jeffrey Wall , who argued for the Justice Department.
Despite Trump’s insistence that he’ll come back with a revised ban, critics claim that no amount of alterations will get the fundamentally flawed ban passed. “No amount of tweaking with undo the discriminatory intent behind this policy,” said Marielena Hincapie, director of the National Immigration Law Center.
Her comments come after District Judge Watson ruled: “Today’s decision is a victory for the rule of law and reminder that no one – not even the President – is above the Constitution.”
Today’s ruling isn’t the only thing to rile the President this week. Yesterday Trump claimed that rapper Snoop Dogg should be in jail for his controversial Lavender video. Thoughts?