In his blockbuster ruling blocking Donald Trump’s revised travel ban (Muslim ban) this afternoon, a federal judge in Hawaii pointed to comments from some of Trump’s top advisers, mainly Stephen Miller and Rudy Giuliani.
Judge Derrick Watson said that Stephen Miller said in a Fox News interview that the revised order was fundamentally the same as the first, despite a few key changes intended to bolster the administration’s case in court.
Miller told the station that the new order would have the “same basic policy outcome for the country,” and that the revisions were meant to address the concerns of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a Seattle federal judge’s halt on the first travel ban.
Watson also said there’s nothing “secret about the motive of Trump’s executive order” and went on to quote top Trump ally Rudy Giuliani, who said Trump originally called it a “Muslim ban.”
“He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally,’” Giuliani is quoted as saying.
“These plainly-worded statements, made in the months leading up to and contemporaneous with the signing of the Executive Order, and, in many cases, made by the Executive himself, betray the Executive Order’s stated secular purpose.”