Donald Trump's attack on the (Republican-appointed) federal judge who ruled to temporarily block enforcement of his Muslim ban exposes the depth of his disdain for the rule of law and the Constitution. If the initial reaction to this autocratic attack is any indication, Trump's poor standing with the American people is about to get even worse.
America's greatness is grounded in the rule of law. But Donald Trump's response to an order by a well-respected federal judge suspending enforcement of the president's immigration ban was to lash out, calling him a "so-called judge." Americans of all stripes know that even presidents are bound to follow the law. After the court issued its ruling, Washington's Attorney General made that plain:
“No one is above the law — not even the President.” –BF
— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 3, 2017
Trump thinks otherwise, making an un-American attack that is being met with appropriate criticism:
POTUS's attack on Judge Robart shows a disdain for an ind. judiciary that doesn't bend to his wishes & lack of respect for the Constitution.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 4, 2017
Trump Twitter attack on judge in immigration ban case the worst statement by a US president since Nixon suggested he was above the law.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) February 4, 2017
The president is calling a federal judge—appointed by George W. Bush, approved 99-0 by the Senate—a "so-called judge". https://t.co/oStlxnuAKT
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 4, 2017
No "so-called." Judge Robart is a GWB appointee who was confirmed 99-0. We are watching closely your contempt for our Judicial Branch. https://t.co/k1La1mPlHj
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) February 4, 2017
Plenty of federal judges handed down decisions challenging actions by Presidents Obama/Bush -- they never personally attacked the judges.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 4, 2017
That "so-called" judge that blocked Trump's Muslim ban was confirmed 99-0 by the Senate. Recognize any names on there? pic.twitter.com/1DGvAxU4Tb
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) February 4, 2017
"So-called judge?" Appointed by President Bush. https://t.co/6rXknQurof
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) February 4, 2017
He attacked a judge on the campaign. And now he's attacking a judge from the White House. This is unacceptable. https://t.co/0VFy4o2FMa
— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) February 4, 2017
This is not about partisan politics or policy differences. This is about a fundamental respect for America and the system of laws that make it great. Donald Trump has shown, again, that he has none.