This Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the White House’s second appeal to lift an injunction against President Trump‘s revised Muslim ban. According to reports, the court’s three judges ruled that the ban “exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to [Trump] by Congress” to control immigration.
But Trump’s Twitter habits also contributed to the courts decision.
“Indeed, the President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s ‘travel ban,’” the judges said in their ruling, citing one of Trump’s tweets.
On June 5, Trump tweeted, “That’s right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!”
That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
From The Hill:
The president sent out a series of other tweets after the London attack renewing his calls for his travel ban and arguing the order is necessary to keep the country safe.
At the time, George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and a former candidate for a high-ranking Justice Department position, warned on his own Twitter account that Trump’s tweets were counterproductive and could be used against him in court.
The ruling also included a link to May statement from the White House that declared all the Trump’s tweets to be “official statements by the President of the United States.”