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Sotomayor Calls Out Trump's 'Unrelenting Attack' on Muslims

Travel ban dissent is scathing, but president hails vindication against 'hysterical' critics
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2018 2:07 PM CDT
Protesters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The travel ban stands. So ruled the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a ruling that President Trump was quick to celebrate, reports NBC News. In a statement, he said the decision reaffirms his authority to act in the name of national security, adding that it "is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country." In person, he told reporters it was a "tremendous victory for the American people." Not everyone agrees, most notably Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Details on that and other developments:

  • Stinging dissent: Sotomayor wrote one of two dissents, arguing that the travel ban is clearly based on "animosity toward" Muslims and that the court has therefore failed to uphold the principle of religious liberty, reports Vox. She cites Trump's own remarks about Islam, noting that he has never disavowed any of them. "Instead, he has continued to make remarks that a reasonable observer would view as an unrelenting attack on the Muslim religion and its followers." Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined her.

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