President Trump’s early morning Twitter rant on his Muslim ban may have been just what the lawyers fighting it need in order to bury it for good.
Hogan Lovells Attorney Neal Katyal — one of the prosecutors in the Hawaii vs. Trump case — took a screenshot of Trump’s Monday morning tweets about the proposed Muslim immigration ban and said they all help the prosecution make their argument that the executive immigration-based order is unconstitutional.
“Its kinda odd to have the defendant in HawaiivTrump acting as our co-counsel,” Katyal tweeted. “We don’t need the help but we’ll take it!”
Its kinda odd to have the defendant in HawaiivTrump acting as our co-counsel.We don't need the help but will take it! pic.twitter.com/8ehqkLkOY2
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) June 5, 2017
The lawsuit, which was filed last month in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, argues that President Trump’s proposal to ban immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — is a violation of people’s civil rights, as it is blanket discrimination of immigrants based on nationality.
According to the Economist, Katyal made the argument that Trump’s immigration order was discriminatory toward Muslims, pointing at his campaign rhetoric in 2015 and 2016 as an example, like when he called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. following the mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Mr Trump “rekindled” his campaign rhetoric, the lawyer noted, when he said “we all know what that means” directly after issuing his first attempt at a travel ban in January. And when his second try was halted in March, Mr Trump said, at a campaign-style event, “moments ago, I learned that a district judge in Hawaii…just blocked our executive order. This is a watered down version of the first one. I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way, which is what I wanted”.
The Trump administration is now asking the Supreme Court to allow the ban to be implemented while it waits on the lower court’s final decision on appeal.
Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.