Trump Blasts Judge’s Travel Ban Block
On Saturday night, President Donald Trump lashed out at the federal judge who blocked the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations. Trump referred to U.S. District Court Judge James Robart as a “so-called judge” and tweeted ”anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.”
Robart was nominated to the federal bench by George W. Bush, and was confirmed by the Senate with 99 yea votes.
The Justice Department has already filed an appeal and an emergency stay motion.
This isn’t the first time Trump has clashed with a federal judge. This past summer, Trump blasted the federal judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University, saying the judge couldn’t be impartial because he had Mexican heritage and Trump had built his campaign on anti-Mexican immigrant rhetoric and plans to build a wall. U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a federal district judge in the Southern District of California, was born in Indiana.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump’s behavior “shows a disdain for an independent judiciary that doesn’t always bend to his wishes and a continued lack of respect for the Constitution,” He said this makes it “more important that the Supreme Court serve as an independent check on the administration,” referring to the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.