Pres. Trump seriously undercuts his own case when he states publicly that the travel ban currently on appeal is a “watered down” version of the first travel ban. See CNN news report. That is a problem because the first travel ban made specific references to establishing a religion. The second ban removed that language. I wrote about the Fourth Circuit decision here. The DOJ lawyers tried to argue that the travel ban did not target Moslems. The Fourth Circuit were not impressed. They noted the President’s many public statement syndicating the travel ban did indeed target Moslems. The administration has also consistently claimed it was not a “travel ban.”

With his latest remarks, the President has once again undermined his own case.