Speaking to police officers from around the country on Wednesday, President Trump continued to blast the judiciary for blocking his temporary immigration ban, insisting that politically-motivated judges were undermining his authority and making America less secure in the process.
Even a “bad high school student” would rule in favor of his executive order, he claimed before the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
Reading from the relevant U.S. statute giving the president broad discretion over immigration, Trump noted that the law was clear when it came to executive authority.
“This isn’t just me,” he said. “This is for Obama, for Ronald Reagan, for the president. This was done, very importantly, for security. It was done for the security of our nation, for the security of our citizens, so people don’t come in who are going to do us harm. That is why is was done. It couldn’t have been written more precisely.”
Trump said that he was still hopeful that the courts would ultimately see reason.
“I don’t ever want to call a court biased,” he said. “So I won’t call it biased. And we haven’t had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political. And it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read the statement and do what’s right.”
Remarking on the situation earlier on Twitter, Trump said judicial activism was putting the U.S. at great risk.
“If the U.S. does not win this case as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled,” he wrote. “Politics!”
Trump is known for exaggeration, but he’s right on the money in this particular argument. Whether you agree with his travel ban or not, there’s no reasonable legal argument against his authority to limit immigration as he sees fit. That’s the power we grant the White House, and there is a mountain of legal precedent in Trump’s favor.
The only way this becomes a sticking point is if you buy into Washington State’s argument that the executive order was just a Muslim ban in disguise. The fact that millions of non-Muslims will be affected by the ban stands against that contention. More powerfully, the fact that more than 90% of the world’s Muslims are unaffected by the ban should put that argument to bed.
What we’re seeing now is just the latest iteration of the left’s inability to accept the outcome of the 2016 election. Here’s hoping it fails, because America’s national security hangs in the balance.