By now, you’re aware that opponents of Trump’s Travel Ban managed to find a federal judge who was willing to place a temporary restraining order to prevent it from taking effect today. As you know, my opinion is that it’s better for everyone if we just get it out of the way, but nobody cares.
Hilariously, this has led to supporters of the Travel Ban taking to Twitter and trending #BoycottHawaii. Really, nobody should be threatening to “boycott Hawaii” over this topic. The people in that state have absolutely no impact on what an activist judge does.
In fact, the lack of judicial accountability is part of the problem. I don’t know what anyone there is supposed to do. Throw pineapples at the judge’s house?
An explanation of the judge’s flawed reasoning in applying this is over at The Federalist. I haven’t reviewed the ruling for myself just yet, but I suspect that Mollie Hemingway’s observations are correct, particularly with regard to the judge’s likely interpretation of Trump’s motive as the reason that the Travel Ban is harmful.
For this, Trump has nobody to blame but himself. Inflammatory statements might make for more exuberant rallies and entertaining news show interviews, but sooner or later, he will always find that he’ll have to defend them in front of responsible people who have to make decisions over the impact of his policies.
I disagree with this ruling, but it’s very much a rake Trump left sitting out for himself to step on months ago.