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Clumsy rollout, PC redux: all about the SCOTUS travel ban shocker

Joint decision had 3 dissenters, and it’s not who you’d think


After a clumsy rollout, a restraining order, widespread airport protests, a “politically correct” redux, the firing of the acting attorney general and two preliminary injunctions upheld by courts of appeals – the highest court in the land ruled Monday that the President has the right to bar entry to the United States for purposes of national security – with one big exception: if the entrant has a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

While Trump declared victory on Twitter and claimed the decision was 9-0, the decision was actually a “per curiam” one, traditionally used when SCOTUS agrees to hear a case later or makes routine decisions – and no voting is declared. It's important to note, however, that Justice Clarence Thomas in his dissent, noted the decision was unanimous.

'Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death'

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people, all in the name of religion. People that want to protect life and want to protect their religion.

This is a battle between good and evil. When we see the scenes of destruction in the wake of terror, we see no signs that those murdered were Jewish or Christian, Shia or Sunni. When we look upon the strains of innocent blood soaked into the ancient ground, we cannot see the faith or sect or tribe of the victims. We see only that they were children of God whose deaths are an insult to all that is holy.

"But we can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong, and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the good. Terrorism has spread all across the world. But the path to peace begins right here on this ancient soil, in this sacred land. America is prepared to stand with you in pursuit of shared interests and common security.

"But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their country, and frankly, for their families and for their children. It’s a choice between two futures, and it is a choice America cannot make for you."