In what has already been a topsy-turvy week, as the U.S. grappled with the Trump administration’s initial foray into banning Muslims from entering the country, a federal judge in Seattle stepped in on Friday and issued a nationwide stay on the immigration executive order. Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, dealt the first legal blow to the underlying constitutional logic and legitimacy of the Trump measure. On Saturday, the president of the United States tweeted up a petulant storm in response to the temporary neutering of his anti-immigration plan that amounted to an unprecedented executive temper tantrum and challenge to the country’s judiciary.
“At the preliminary hearing Judge Robart pointed out that no terror attack has been carried out on U.S. soil by people from any of the countries in question,” Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick wrote about the stay. “Robart did not directly address the suit’s claim that the Muslim ban is unconstitutional, but he did find that the state had met the burden of proving that the immigration order would cause ‘immediate and irreparable injury’ to the plaintiffs, and that the state was likely to prevail on the claim that Trump’s order was unconstitutional.”
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the president, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” the White House said in a statement.
As a cherry on top, Trump got back to basics later Saturday morning, seemingly cheering himself up with a bit of #fakenews and #maga.
The president of the United States has the disposition of a 9-year-old.