Despite Trump’s Anti-Muslim Statements, Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

via the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that President Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks it is necessary to protect the United States, a victory in what has been a priority since Trump’s first weeks in office and a major affirmation of presidential power.

The vote was 5 to 4, with conservatives in the majority and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. writing the opinion….

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a stinging rebuttal, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

And she read part of it in a dramatic moment on the bench.

She highlighted the president’s campaign statements calling for a “complete and total shutdown” of entry into the United States by Muslims. She noted the anti-Muslim videos the president shared on Twitter, including one titled “Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary!”

“Take a brief moment and let the gravity of those statements sink in,” she said.

“And then remember,” Sotomayor added, that the statements and tweets were spoken or written “by the current president of the United States.”

Sotomayor repeatedly called out the president by name in her lengthy statement and said the majority’s decision “repeats the tragic mistakes of the past” and “tells members of minority religions” in the United States that “they are outsiders.”

The court, she said, “blindly accepts the government’s invitation to sanction an openly discriminatory policy” and is essentially “replacing one gravely wrong decision with another.”