Thursday, March 16, 2017

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Recent comments made by a senior White House policy advisor have contributed to a federal judge’s decision to put a nationwide hold on Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0.

Creepy Stephen Miller was one of Trump’s most vocal mouthpieces following the disastrous roll-out of the administration’s first Muslim ban that sparked massive protests around the country.  Shortly after federal judges struck down that order, Miller appeared on television to stump a watered-down version, assuring Fox News it would include only “minor technical differences.”

According to the new ruling:
    On February 21, Senior Advisor to the President, Stephen Miller, told Fox News that the new travel ban would have the same effect as the old one. He said: “Fundamentally, you’re still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country, but you’re going to be responsive to a lot of very technical issues that were brought up by the court and those will be addressed. But in terms of protecting the country, those basic policies are still going to be in effect.”
Those “plainly worded statements” led U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson to issue his temporary restraining order against the ban. There is nothing “’secret’ about the executive’s motive specific to the issuance of the executive order,” Watson said later in his ruling.  “Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude ... 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,” Watson wrote.

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