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Trump’s bigoted rhetoric trips him up in federal court

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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.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Neftali

    Trump’s remarks should have nothing to do with the Executive Order. The simple fact is it’s not a Muslim ban. If it was, countries with the largest Muslim populations would be targeted.

    Countries with highest Muslim populations: Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Egypt

    90 day travel ban countries: Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, and Iran

    Put it another way. If Trump campaigns saying he hates Single Payer Health Care, but then makes an Executive Order proclaiming Single Payer the law of the land, Democrats would be treating the EO as gospel and say his remarks on the campaign trail mean nothing.

    Besides, Trump has flip flopped on so many issues during the campaign that it’s impossible to prove intent. Thus, the judges ban should be overruled.

    Still don’t believe me? Here’s a video of Trump saying “I love Muslims.” Why isn’t that taken into account?

    https://youtu.be/ux4_JykZw2U

    In fact, I’ll predict that Trump changes his first name from Donald to Muhammad to proclaim his love for Islam. President Muhammad Trump. You heard it here first.

  2. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Those who wield the term “bigot” as a weapon, to shut down conversations about tough subjects, are the most guilty of the scurrilous claims they hurl at those who don’t see the world as they do.

    big·ot
    ˈbiɡət/
    noun
    noun: bigot; plural noun: bigots

    a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

  3. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    If what Trump did is wrong then fire every one of these law enforcement heads and blame them for not having the correct lefty pc disposition . These nations in the latest ban do not have enough data resources in place as other nations that are not included in the ban.http://video.foxnews.com/v/5362578992001/?#sp=show-clips

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