A US federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday, issued a temporary ban against Donald Trump’s second travel ban hours before it was due to come into effect.
Judge Derrick Watson said there was significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus driving the promulgation of the executive order and its related predecessor … The illogic of the government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.
The judge’s ruling cited several comments made by Trump himself, as well as senior advisers Stephen Miller and Rudy Giuliani, indicating that the motivation for the executive order was to ban Muslims:
“These plainly-worded statements, made in the months leading up to and contemporaneous with the signing of the executive order, and, in many cases, made by the executive himself, betray the executive order’s stated secular purpose.”
“Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude, as does the court for purposes of the instant motion for TRO, that the stated secular purpose of the executive order is, at the very least, ‘secondary to a religious objective’ of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims, the judge added.”
Trump responded to the ruling during a rally on Wednesday.
“This ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are, believe me,” Trump said, vowing to “fight this terrible ruling.”
Promising “we’re going to win it,” Trump said he would take the case to the Supreme Court if need be.
The president called the revised travel ban a “watered-down version” of his original order, and told his audience:
We’re going to fight this terrible ruling. We’re going to take this as far as we need to, right up to the supreme court …
I think we ought to go back to the first one [executive order] and go all the way … We’re gonna win it, we’re gonna win it.
Some other states like Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii are also fighting to block the travel ban.