Fox News Legal Analyst Torches Trump For Unleashing 'Torrent Of Hatred'

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano has accused President Donald Trump of unleashing “a torrent of hatred” with his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color.

In an op-ed published on the conservative cable network’s website Thursday, Napolitano also said he now regretted believing that Trump had changed over the years.

“I have known President Trump personally since 1986,” Napolitano wrote. “The private Trump I have known is funny, charming and embracing. That is not the public Trump of today.”

Napolitano said government workers “take an oath to support the Constitution,” which itself “not only commands of government both racial neutrality and color blindness, it generally prohibits government officials from making distinctions among people on the basis of immutable characteristics.”

So, when the president defies these moral and constitutional norms and tells women of color to ‘Go back,’ he raises a terrifying specter. The specter is hatred not for ideas he despises but for the people who embrace those ideas. The specter is also a dog whistle to groups around the country that hatred is back in fashion and is acceptable to articulate publicly.

Hatred “must be rejected loudly in all its forms – especially when it comes from the president,” Napolitano added.

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U.S. Supreme Court lets Trump use disputed funds for border wall

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed President Donald Trump a victory by letting his administration redirect $2.5 billion in money approved by Congress for the Pentagon to help build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border even though lawmakers refused to provide funding.

The conservative-majority court on a 5-4 vote with the court's liberals in dissent blocked in full a ruling by a federal judge in California barring the Republican president from spending the money on the basis that Congress did not specifically authorize the funds to be spent on the wall project fiercely opposed by Democrats and Mexico's government.

"Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!" Trump tweeted just minutes after the court acted.

A brief order explaining the court's decision said the government "made a sufficient showing" that the groups challenging the decision did not have grounds to bring a lawsuit.

In a highly unusual move, Trump on Feb. 15 declared a national emergency in a bid to fund the wall without congressional approval, an action Democrats said exceeded his powers under the U.S. Constitution and usurped the authority of Congress.

The administration has said it plans to redirect $6.7 billion from the Departments of Defense and Treasury toward wall construction under the emergency declaration after failing to convince Congress to provide the money, including the $2.5 billion in Pentagon funding. Congress earlier failed to provide $5.7 billion in wall funding demanded by Trump in a showdown in which the president triggered a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government that ended in January.

The case arose from a challenge to Trump's action brought by Sierra Club, a leading environmental group, and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, a group advocating for people living in border areas.

The challengers have said the wall would be disruptive to the environment in part because it could worsen flooding problems and have a negative impact on wildlife.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam ruled on May 30 in Oakland, California that the administration's proposal to build parts of the border wall in California, New Mexico and Arizona with money appropriated for the Defense Department to use in the fight against illegal drugs was unlawful. The judge issued an injunction barring use of the Pentagon funds for a border wall.

The administration asked that the injunction barring use of the reprogrammed funds be put on hold pending an appeal but the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to do so.

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Michelle Obama Speaks Out After ‘Send Her Back’ Chants: Diversity Makes America Great

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“We must remember it’s not my America or your America,” the former first lady said. “It’s our America.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama spoke out Friday to praise the nation’s diversity after President Donald Trump’s string of racist attacks on several congresswomen of color.

“What truly makes our country great is its diversity,” she tweeted. “I’ve seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there’s a place for us all. We must remember it’s not my America or your America. It’s our America.”

Trump bashed progressive Democrats on social media earlier this week, appearing to take aim at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. In a series of tweets, the president said the women should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

All four are U.S. citizens, and three were born in the U.S. Omar’s family were refugees who came to America from Somalia when she was a child. 

Trump continued lashing out Wednesday during a rally in Greenville, North Carolina. He targeted Omar in particular, and the crowd began to chant, “Send her back.”

Trump attempted to distance himself from the line the day after the rally. However, he allowed the chanting to go on uninterrupted for about 13 seconds, and he made no effort to stop it.

“It started up rather fast,” he told reporters Thursday. “I disagree with it, but, again, I didn’t say that. They did.”

On Friday, however, Trump referred to the rally attendees as “incredible patriots.” 

Democrats have largely rebuked Trump’s comments telling members of Congress to “go back” to where they came from, calling them xenophobic and divisive. A handful of world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have also criticized the president. 

Many members of the Republican Party have defended the president, saying his comments were not racist and arguing he cannot control the actions of his audience. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) are among the GOP lawmakers who have have voiced objections to the “send her back” chants.

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