Elections Matter: Trump Travel Ban Edition


ICYMI, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a mammoth ruling upholding President Trump’s “Muslim travel ban.” From the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that President Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks it is necessary to protect the United States, a victory in what has been a priority since Trump’s first weeks in office and a major affirmation of presidential power.

The vote was 5 to 4, with conservatives in the majority and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. writing the opinion.

The president reacted on Twitter: “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”

Later, the White House issued a formal response that also took a swipe at his declared enemies. It called the ruling “a vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country.”

Lower courts had struck down each of the three iterations of the president’s travel ban, the first of which was issued in January 2017. The administration had been hopeful about the Supreme Court, because it had previously decided to let the ban go into effect while considering the challenges to it.

Regardless of your opinion on this issue, the Supreme Court’s ruling is a great reminder — on the day of Colorado’s Primary Election, no less — that elections have consequences. This doesn’t happen if Hillary Clinton is elected President; not only would Clinton not have instituted such a proposal, but she wouldn’t have nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

So go out and vote today.


16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. itlduso says:

    What do you mean "elections matter"?  Obama won the 2016 presidential election handily.  Scalia dies while Obama is in office, but McConnell and the GOP stole the Supreme Court seat allowing Trump to make the appointment of Gorsuch and, voila,  we get a 5-4 ruling today.

    Elections don't matter in the US anymore.  They don't fucking matter, not if Dems meekly allow the GOP to disregard the Constitution. 

    Next up — the GOP and Trump will disregard the Mueller report.  Then, it will be time for a revolution…..

  2. unnamed says:

    Not so mich elections matter.  More like you can't negotiate with Republicans.  Because they always operate in bad faith.  That SCOTUS seat is a prime example of that fact.

  3. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    The ban is bad enough, but the worst part (to me, at least) is that The Screaming Yam will be even more insufferable. He's already started to crow and strut about it. And, if we weren't disgusted enough with this Court, they released this beauty today as well. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-abortion/u-s-top-court-blocks-california-law-on-anti-abortion-centers-idUSKBN1JM1SH?il=0

  4. Mike W. says:

    Took him three tries and he just barely manages to ban North Koreans and Venezuelans from seeking refuge? Pathetic even by the right's measurements.

    Course his Trumpits will trumpet this as a win, but he is 99% failing at doing what he said he'd do: "a total and complete shutdown on Muslims entering the US"

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