Trump’s bigoted rhetoric trips him up in federal court
It’s safe to say, I would think, that very few Americans have noticed how Donald Trump’s public statements of bias against the Islamic faith apparently played an important role in yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii blocking implementation of the government’s revised travel ban against citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.
In a strongly-worded 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to comments made by Trump and his advisers as evidence that his order was intended to discriminate against Muslims in violation of the Constitution.
Watson said there was “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the executive order,” including remarks made by Trump on CNN in March of 2016, when he was running for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the judge noted.
Nor did Watson accept the administration’s argument that because the travel ban did not apply to all the Muslims in the world, it could not be construed as discriminating against Muslims in general.
“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” the judge wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”
A few fundamental facts put the lie to Trump’s claim that “Islam hates us.”
There are thousands of American Muslims serving with distinction in the U.S. armed forces. There are more than 900 Muslims in the ranks of the New York City Police Department, and thousands more are cops in other American cities. Then, too, there are millions of other Muslims in this country who peaceably lead quiet, productive, law-abiding lives.
Do these people hate America?
The logic of Judge Watson’s ruling seems to have escaped Trump, who apparently remains as hateful as ever.
Last night, in the wake of the decision by the federal court in Hawaii, the president said this to a crowd of his supporters at a rally in Nashville:
“The danger is clear, the law is clear, the need for my executive order is clear.”
No, Mr. President. What’s clear is that America has a sniveling bigot in the White House.