If you had any doubts about President Trump taking on the leftist tendency to use the judicial system to implement their agenda, think again: on Wednesday he uttered a simple statement in which he stated his intention to break up one of the bastions of the leftist movement – the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Asked by The Washington Examiner if he has considered breaking up the 9th Circuit, where two judges have blocked two of his executive actions, Trump answered bluntly, “Absolutely, I have. There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous. 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. You see judge shopping, or what’s gone on with these people, they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. It’s got close to an 80 percent reversal period, and what’s going on in the 9th Circuit is a shame.”
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick temporarily blocked Trump’s order to the Justice Department in January to put immigration-related conditions on grants for “sanctuary cities” that may not be directly related to law enforcement.
In February, a 9th Circuit panel ruled that Trump’s immigration executive order was likely unconstitutional. That prompted Trump to substitute another order, which was challenged; but the panel decision remained on the books as binding law within the 9th Circuit.