Donald Trump’s train slicing through time at breakneck speed was finally derailed after 18 dizzying months of a wild ride, when the supposedly unstoppable force met the only immovable object in its path; the American judicial system, at the heart of which the constitution, one of the most important political documents in history. The custodians of the constitution who wear black robes are the only people who scare trump and are not afraid of him. The decision by the Federal Appeals Court of the Ninth Circuit in California rejecting president Trump’s bid to re-impose his travel ban on refugees and visitors from seven majority Muslim states, goes much beyond the case at hand, dealing a blow to a president who wants to act like an autocrat not subjected to constitutional checks and accountability. The three-judge panel unanimously rejected the government’s claim that the “president’s decisions about immigration policy, particularly when motivated by national security concerns are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections”. The ruling continues’ “there is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy. And then the sweeping blow to Trump’s lèse–majesté kind of behavior reminding him that no one is above the constitution “It is beyond question, that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action”.
A week from hell
President Trump continued to trample upon the principle of the separation of powers and elevated his aggressive attacks on the judiciary to the point of disparaging the whole court system as “political”.Hisham Melhem