Donald Trump is really angry at the courts for blocking two of his Executive Orders on immigration. So now he’s talking about breaking up the 9th Circuit.
On Tuesday U.S. District Judge William Orrick, under the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction, temporarily blocked Trump from withholding funds from sanctuary cities. Judge Orrick argued that Trump overstepped his authority when he told the Justice Department in January to put conditions on grants for sanctuary cities.
And this ruling comes after other 9th Circuit judges blocked Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban earlier this year.
After the Muslim ban ruling, Trump attacked both the judge and the 9th Circuit. And now he’s doing the same over this week’s ruling.
On Wednesday Trump gave an interview to the Washington Examiner. And he expressed his anger at the court. Trump said he has been “absolutely” considering splitting up the liberal 9th Circuit.
“Absolutely, I have. There are many people who want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous,” he said.
“Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit. And we have a big country. We have lots of other locations. But they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. Because they know that’s like, semi-automatic.”
After nearly 100 days, we have become accustomed to Trump’s temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his own way. And we have also learned that when he accuses someone of doing something nefarious, he is most likely doing that thing himself. The irony is lost on this buffoon that while he cries about the courts overreaching, he himself is majorly overreaching with his illegal Executive Orders.
Trump said to the Examiner,
“I mean, the language on the ban, it reads so easy that a reasonably good student in the first grade will fully understand it. And they don’t even mention the words in their rejection on the ban. And the same thing with this [sanctuary city ruling].”
The thing that makes this so alarming is that Trump has absolutely no concept of, or respect for, the separation of powers in this country. He seems to think that he has unlimited power now that he’s president.
It’s long past time that he learns that the Congress, the Judiciary, and the Presidency are all equal branches of government with the powers to provide checks and balances for each other.
Trump can’t legally break up the court himself. He needs Congress for that.
With the Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, it’s unlikely that they will try to rein in the idiot in the White House. Several Republicans have already circulated legislation to break up the 9th Circuit.
So for now we have to rely on the courts. And so far, the 9th Circuit is off to a good start. Let’s just hope that Trump’s wishes to break up the court fail just like his immigration EOs.