Questions of impropriety are being raised. Judge Watson, who overruled Trump’s travel ban, is a long time friend of former President Obama, and Obama detoured to Hawaii just prior to the judge issuing his decision, via Hawaii News Now.
Activist judges are killing America! The judge in Hawaii who just blocked President Trump’s executive order is wrong on his decision but who cares about the law when you’re an activist…
Derrick Kahala Watson graduated from Harvard WITH OBAMA and is an Obama-appointed judge. WHAT’S EVEN CRAZIER IS THAT OBAMA WAS JUST SPOTTED IN HAWAII just minutes from Watson’s house.
The local news had a short comment on Obama’s “surprise” visit: Obama traveling to Hawaii precisely when the judge is preparing a legal opinion on an Executive Order issued by Obama’s successor that Obama does not like.
That’s right, Barrack Obama was in Hawaii less than 24 hours before District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson issued his ruling against the travel ban.
Coming off a string of high-profile meetings, former President Barack Obama made an unannounced return to Hawaii Monday.
The federal district judge in Hawaii has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) blocking the key provisions of the President’s revised Executive order that pauses the refugee program and admittance of high risk foreign nationals from 6 terrorist hotbeds (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen) until thorough vetting can be put in place.
It’s troubling is how the judge was able to issue his ruling so quickly. Within two hours of hearing the case, Watson released a 43-page ruling. There is simply no way he would have been able to write such a complex legal decision so quickly.
The court disturbingly ruled that these two provisions – pausing refugees and foreign national entry from 6 nations – target Muslims and violate the Establishment Clause.
The court created a constitutional crisis where none existed. The court’s Establishment Clause analysis is fundamentally flawed and ignores the separation of powers. Worst of all, it puts our national security at risk.
As the Supreme Court has rightly held, the United States Constitution is “not a suicide pact.”
As I explained earlier this week when we filed our amicus brief with the court in this case, the order in no way violates the Establishment Clause:
First, the Executive Order (EO) does not even address religion, whatsoever. Second, the order has a secular purpose: our national security. As we explained:
“The EO, on its face, serves secular purposes, and no amount of rehashing of miscellaneous campaign trail commentary can change that. . . . The mere suggestion of a possible religious or anti-religious motive, mined from past comments of a political candidate or his supporters, and intermixed with various secular purposes, is not enough to doom government action (along with all subsequent attempts to address the same subject matter). ‘
All that Lemon requires’ is that government action have ‘a secular purpose,’ not that its purpose be ‘exclusively secular,’ and a policy is invalid under this test only if it ‘was motivated wholly by religious considerations.’ Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668, 680-81 & n.6 (1984) (emphasis added).”
The order singles out no religion for favor or disfavor. To conclude otherwise is unreasonable, and absurd. The six countries whose nationals are impacted by the pause were countries identified by President Obama and Congress as countries of particular concern. Policy disagreements, hurt feelings, and political agendas are not enough to support an Establishment Clause claim.
The court’s flawed order will invariably be appealed, and we will be ready to file crucial amicus briefs once again in federal appeals court.
Watson was prepared to reverse the travel ban, and he had his decision ready before he even heard the case. Since it is possible he met with Obama hours before issuing the decision, many are concerned that the former president influenced his old friend—in case anyone needed further evidence of a shadow government behind the scenes.
Since leaving office, Obama has committed to leading an insurgency against President Trump. Fox Insider reported that Obama is now living in a $5.3 million mansion in Washington D.C. where he plans to lead the “nerve center” in the insurgency against Trump.
If true, this would be an unprecedented level of political meddling from a former president. We have a tradition of a peaceful transition of power, and Obama and the deep state are violating that tradition in order to wage a secret war against our duly elected president. This is the behavior of a dictator, and it is unacceptable in a free society.
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