One of Trump's Tweets Just Helped Sabotage His Travel Ban

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Photo: AP

On Monday, a federal appeals court voted to uphold the block on Donald Trump’s travel ban, citing one of Trump’s own tweets in its reasoning. The ban would’ve blocked refugees from six countries from entering the US. In the court’s opinion, the second version of the travel ban—which Trump himself tweeted was a “watered down, politically correct version” of the original—neither justifies targeting those countries nor clears the legal bar of not being discriminatory against people entering from those countries.

The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the president’s executive order “does not provide a rationale explaining why permitting entry of nationals from the six designated countries under current protocols would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.” According to the court, one of Trump’s tweets from June 5th “confirmed” the president’s apparent belief “that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries.”


If it’s those countries that are dangerous and not the people themselves, the court essentially asked, why would admitting them be a danger to the US? At Monday’s press briefing, Sean Spicer vowed the administration would continue the fight to implement a version of the ban.

In recent days, Trump’s Twitter account has been under increasingly serious scrutiny. Last Tuesday, Spicer said that Trump’s tweets are, in fact, official White House statements. That same day, a civil rights group argued that Trump’s Twitter account is functionally a federal space and that blocking his critics violates their First Amendment rights. And on Monday, an Illinois congressman introduced legislation to make the president’s social media posts subject to federal record keeping laws.

It’s small comfort, but nearly everything Trump does on Twitter is now being held against him in a court of law.

Of course I have pages. I had pages five years ago. How anyone can believe I don’t defies belief.

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I don’t understand people sometimes.

Less than 6 months into his presidency… Trump is being sued by several states, already has a special prosecutor looking into obstruction, abuse of power, financial and campaign crimes… Congress has several committees investigating… His AG is under investigation, several key members of his team have been called to testify under oath… Subpoenas in, people are taking the fifth… Congress has had like a hearing a week for the past 2 months… The evidence of state crimes grows by the day.

And he can’t stop tweeting. He’s dumber than a tube sock full of dead yak semen. And he’s being investigated by some of the country’s best prosecutors and intelligence officials. People will make their careers on this shit. And he’s too dumb to get out of his own fucking way. Its like watching a child wander into some type of theatrical situation… I had something for that but just lost it. Anywhoo…

People in Washington LIVE for this shit. This is happening. Trump is going to get fucked RAW. People are going to throw him to the WOLVES. Sure, its not happening as fast as people think it “should” be… But the entire point of bureaucracy is to slow things down and trip people who are fucking around up. Trump is used to getting exactly what his whiney little bitch ass wants. A wealthy private citizen can get away with MURDER if teams of lawyers plea them down or settle out of court.

Now its people’s fucking JOBS to make sure he can’t do what he’s trying to do. So I’m staying. Finishing my coffee. I’ll enjoy the impeachment proceedings… In a perfectly calm manner.