*Well, chalk one up to the orange a-hole in the White House. He won a major victory as the US supreme Court upheld his Muslim travel ban.
The ban, according to a NY times report, set limits on 7 Muslim nations President Trump reportedly chose. The vote for the ban was 5 to 4, with conservative members of the court casting a winning majority.
Trump has been struggling for a while to get the ban in place, as he tried to put one in place only one week after being in office. After that fell through, a second version surfaced only two months later. The second ban expired, and the Supreme Court dismissed the Trump administration’s appeals in relation to the prohibition.
This past Monday, Trump spoke on his plan with the ban and border situation, saying “We want strong borders and we want no crime. Strong borders. We want no crime.”
Meanwhile, via CNN, here are 5 important take-aways from today’s decision:
1. Elections matter. A lot.
The vote to uphold the travel ban was 5-4 — along party lines. If Hillary Clinton beats Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, there’s no way that the vacancy caused by the death of Antonin Scalia is filled by Neil Gorsuch.
2. This is as much Mitch McConnell’s victory as it is Donald Trump’s
Trump will view the travel ban decision as a validation that he was, from the start, right all along about his ability to limit who comes into the country.
3. The President has loads of power
Since, really, Bill Clinton, we’ve seen presidents seek to expand their powers while limiting the powers of Congress. George W. Bush did it. Barack Obama did it. And, yes, Trump has and is doing it.
4. The court didn’t take Trump literally
At the heart of this case were Trump’s tweets and past statements as a candidate that he would impose a Muslim ban if elected president.
5. The court wanted to make clear it wasn’t endorsing past Trump statements on Muslims
The court, ever mindful of the impact of its rulings across not just the country but the world, wanted to make very clear that in upholding Trump’s travel ban, it was not sending any sort of signal about its own views on Islam or religion more generally.
Get the FULL report at CNN.