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Trump Says He Is “Absolutely” Looking At Breaking Up 9th Circuit Court After Rulings Go Against Him

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Trump Says He Is “Absolutely” Looking At Breaking Up 9th Circuit Court After Rulings Go Against Him

President Trump says he is “absolutely” considering breaking up the 9th Circuit Court after a federal district court judge blocked his order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities”

Trump made the stunning revelation in a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

“Absolutely, I have,” Trump said of considering 9th Circuit breakup proposals. “There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous.”

He also accused liberals of “judge-shopping” for a court that would strike down his executive order and claimed the court oversteps its constitutional authority. He also accused his opponents “immediately run” to the court for “semi-automatic” rulings.




“I mean, the language on the ban, it reads so easy that a reasonably good student in the first grade will fully understand it. And they don’t even mention the words in their rejection on the ban,” Trump said.

The Hill adds:

The 9th Circuit earlier this year blocked Trump’s executive order that barred immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries and banned all Syrian refugees from the U.S. for a period of time.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump railed against the 9th Circuit over a judge blocking his order withholding funds from sanctuary cities.

If Trump decides to move forward with plans to break up the court, he’ll have Republican support. Earlier this year, Sen Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) voiced support for breaking up the court, which is seen as one of the most liberal in the country.

On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected Trump’s order to defund sanctuary cities, arguing that the White House had overreached with requirements not related to law enforcement.




Early Wednesday morning, Trump fired off tweets calling out the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over sanctuary cities, calling the ruling “ridiculous,” and tweeting “See you in the Supreme Court!”

CBS News notes, “However, it was a U.S. District Court judge who blocked the president’s order on withholding funding for so-called sanctuary cities, not the 9th Circuit.”

Politifact, citing SCOTUSBlog, noted that between 2010 – 2015, the Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit in 79 percent of the cases it took. That’s higher than the average – which is 70 percent – but still lower than the 6th Circuit, with 87 percent and the 11th Circuit, with 85 percent reversal rates.

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