It's no coincidence that U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, who just halted President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, is an Obama law school classmate and Obama appointee to the federal bench.
What's more, the former president was in Hawaii during his Harvard Law School classmate's ruling on Wednesday. Fox News adds details of the latest attempt to sabotage President Trump:
Watson, 50, was appointed by Obama in November 2012 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2013. Watson said in a June 2013 interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he never met Obama at Harvard and knew him only as head of the school’s law review.
President Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii just hours before it was set to take effect after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality.
Trump addressed the judge’s move during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee calling it “unprecedented judicial overreach” and vowed to fight.
"We're going to win. We're going to keep our citizens safe," Trump said. "The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear."
The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson prevents the executive order from going into effect, at least for now. Hawaii had requested a temporary restraining order.
"Enforcement of these provisions in all places, including the United States, at all United States borders and ports of entry, and in the issuance of visas is prohibited, pending further orders from this Court," Watson wrote in his ruling.
In a statement released late Wednesday night the Department of Justice said they strongly disagreed with the ruling and called the move "flawed both in reasoning and scope."
"The President’s Executive Order falls squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to protect our Nation’s security, and the Department will continue to defend this Executive Order in the courts," said DOJ Spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores.
Essentially, the judge halted President Trump's lawful travel ban under the guise that it might prevent some Hawaii residents from receiving visits from relatives who hail from any of the six countries listed in the order. What's more, the state also says the ban would hinder its ability to recruit foreign students and workers as well as harm its tourism industry.
Seriously? Do refugees and would-be-terrorists really comprise an integral part of the state's tourist-base? Are any of the six Islamic strongholds listed on the ban known for churning out highly skilled workers? This is an affront to anyone whose primary goal is to keep Americans safe and who realize the truth: that this decision is solely about sabotaging our president, even at the expense of our nation's safety.