A federal judge ruled that 'overtly bigoted statements' from Trump the candidate suggest he might be overtly bigoted in the Oval Office too.
A federal judge cited Trump’s on-the-record racism as a reason for allowing a lawsuit challenging immigration policy to proceed.
The Justice Department has been trying to kill a lawsuit that seeks to preserve DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was put in place by President Barack Obama to allow immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to remain in their homes.
Trump rescinded DACA last September, throwing the lives of 800,000 recipients and their families into needless and cruel chaos. The administration was immediately buried in lawsuits over the decision.
In rejecting the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss this particular lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis blasted Trump’s “racially charged language” and “slurs,” saying such overt racism gets in the way of the administration’s attempts to undo DACA and allowed the lawsuit to go forward.
In his ruling, Garaufis said that Trump’s “racial slurs” and “epithets” about Latinos, on the campaign trail and in the White House, created a “plausible inference” that the anti-DACA actions violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause.
“One might reasonably infer that a candidate who makes ‘ on the campaign trail might be more likely to engage in similarly bigoted action in office,” he wrote.
Most presidents do not have to worry about their racism being cited in federal court, but the current occupant of the Oval Office has changed that.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trump’s attempt at implementing an anti-Muslim travel ban, noting his Executive Order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” The court then cited Trump’s own statements that showed his clear bigotry toward Muslims.
While the administration argued that the attempted Muslim ban was not discriminatory, the court merely had to point to Trump’s own hateful rhetoric as evidence of his intent to discriminate against Muslims.
A short time later, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals took a similar approach. The administration tried to argue that the travel ban was not a travel ban, but the court simply cited Trump’s own all-caps tweet calling it “a TRAVEL BAN.”
Trump is a racist who campaigned on racist ideas and who, using the bully pulpit of the White House, has advanced racist and discriminatory rhetoric and ideas.
His wholehearted embrace and promotion of noxious and un-American ideals are so complete that the normally staid courts have said his rhetoric cannot be ignored while assessing the legality and intent of his policies.
Trump’s racism infects his policies, and the two have become inseparable and equally toxic.