The the 9th circuit court overturned Trump’s harebrained decision to withdraw federal money for law enforcement from cities that he considers sanctuary cities.
The judge ruled that wasn’t constitutional because …
The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds. Further, the Tenth Amendment requires that conditions on federal funds be unambiguous and timely made; that they bear some relation to the funds at issue; and that the total financial incentive not be coercive.
I imagine the average fifth grader could understand that.
I want to stop right here and say one damn thing: Republicans do not, no matter what they repeatedly say, support the Constitution. They try to make laws against it and now they want to hold constitutional conventions to re-write the whole damn thing. (I suspect the role of Thomas Jefferson will be played by Donald Trump.)
Trump’s lawyers, who understood it perfectly well, tried to say that they agree with the judge completely because they, you know, went to law school. So they argued that, “the January order was intended to be largely symbolic.” Oh dear, Judges aren’t real big on symbolic stuff and this judge called it an “ominous, misleading, and ultimately toothless threat.”
Holy damn cow. I, for one, am pleased as punch that we finally have a court ruling saying Presidents can’t go around threatening people with his tiny little hands.
Then Trump tells the judge, “See you in court!” which is also the favored weapon of tiny little hands.
The Sean Hannity goes on the electric teevee and says that the 9th circuit is the most overturned court in America, probably because it’s in San Francisco. Hmmmmm, wildly incorrect, of course. The most overturned is the 6th Circuit in Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky – Trump’s base. A very close second is 11th Circuit, which is parts of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
The whole thing was a bustermuck.
Thanks to everybody for the heads up.