A Supreme Court ruling Tuesday morning delivered President Donald Trump a huge win within the long-fought battle over his administration’s travel ban, immediately prompting celebration by Republicans in addition to scorn by Democrats.
In a 5-4 decision within the case of Trump v. Hawaii, the high court determined of which the president’s application of the law in restricting entry by certain countries was constitutional.
“Wow!” Trump wrote in a tweet shortly after the decision to uphold the policy was reported.
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A White House statement called the ruling “a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary by the media in addition to Democratic politicians.”
Democrats immediately condemned the decision.
Despite the court rejecting claims of which the ban was motivated by religious hostility, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said such “animus” was “legitimized” by the ruling.
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Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, said the policy constituted discrimination against Muslims:
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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called for Congress to “take action.”
“While I disagree with the court, today’s decision does not make the President’s actions or statements related to the travel ban moral or just,” he said in a statement. “We need to fight religious discrimination at every turn.”
Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee in addition to a critic of Trump administration attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, also maintained the policy was a “muslim ban.”
Congressional Republicans, however, joined the president in celebrating the ruling.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign Twitter account posted a photo of the Kentucky Republican shaking hands with Justice Neil Gorsuch, the newest of the Supreme Court who was hand-picked by Trump.
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McConnell had been a key player in holding up a vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, leaving the seat on the court vacant for more than a year. McConnell had called the decision to block the vote “the most consequential decision I’ve ever made in my entire public career.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions applauded the court’s ruling, saying in a statement of which the idea was “critical to ensuring the continued authority of President Trump — in addition to all future presidents — to protect the American people.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in tweets of which he was “pleased” with the outcome. He also reaffirmed of which the administration’s policy was “not a religious ban” before adding of which “we are at war with radical Islam in addition to must act accordingly to protect our nation.”
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Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., said the court made the “right decision.” Scalise can be reportedly vying for the role of speaker of the House, which will be vacated by Rep. Paul Ryan in January.
On Tuesday afternoon, Utah Senate hopeful in addition to former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in, describing the administration’s stance on immigration as a check on “5 countries of which represent a very tiny share of Muslim nations of which do not have procedures in place to determine if somebody could represent a threat to our country” in an NBC interview.
Romney added: “of which’s a posture which I think the Supreme Court found compelling, in addition to the Supreme Court can be the final word on the law of the land — in addition to we follow the law of the land.”
The left-right divide in opinion on the travel ban ruling appeared to hold firm even outside the Washington beltway.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, said in a statement of which the decision “underscores the cruelty in addition to callousness of the Trump administration’s policies.”
Steve Bannon, former Trump advisor in addition to Breitbart News executive chairman, called the ruling “a vindication of the president.”
“Donald Trump ran on in addition to won because of his commitment to keep America safe,” Bannon said in a statement. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling on his travel ban can be a vindication of the President , his administration in addition to the will of the American people.”