The first adverse ruling on President Trump’s second immigration/travel order came from a district court in Hawaii. That state is considered by many to be most liberal in the U.S. However, I doubt it’s more liberal than my home town, Bethesda, Maryland.
Bethesda is the suburb of choice for young leftists with families who come to the Washington, D.C. area in the hope of promoting “social justice,” or at least obtaining enough power to order us around.
It happens that the judge who delivered the second adverse ruling on Trump’s latest order, Judge Theodore Chuang, is a Bethesda resident. Chuang came here to work in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department — ground zero for left-wing activism in government.
Before that, he clerked for a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — ground zero for left-wing judicial activism. It is the Ninth Circuit, of course, that ruled against Trump’s original immigration/travel order, and that planted the seed for the absurd argument that the order somehow violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
You have to hand it to the leftists. They know how to shop for judges.
Judge Chuang’s ruling is subject to review by the Fourth Circuit, a less liberal outfit than the Ninth. However, the Fourth Circuit isn’t what it used to be, thanks in part to Sen. Lindsey Graham and in part to President Bush. I can imagine a panel of that court affirming Chuang’s ruling and I can imagine the full court letting that ruling stand.
One more note on Judge Chuang. He served the Obama State Department on “special assignment” when Congress investigated the Benghazi attack. He was in charge of providing legal guidance to the Department in connection with Congress’ investigation of that attack.
When President Obama nominated Chuang for a judgeship, a nice reward for running interference for the Democrats on Benghazi, Senator Grassley, hardly a firebrand, accused him of having been instrumental in stonewalling Congress. Chuang could not garner 60 votes for confirmation, a rare occurrence for a district court nominee even in these times (but soon to become more common, I’m pretty sure).
Chuang would not have been confirmed but for the fact that Harry Reid abolished the filibuster for district court nominees (along with nominees for federal appellate courts). With his new rule in place, Reid was able to invoke cloture. The Senat confirmed Chuang by a vote of 53-42.
Judge Chuang’s ruling on Trump’s executive order should be viewed as a continuation of his service to the Democratic party, including his role in stonewalling Congress’ investigation of the Benghazi attacks, and to the cause of “social justice.” With judges as unprincipled as Chuang, his Hawaii counterpart, and the leftists who dominate the Ninth Circuit, one wonders whether the rule of law has a future in America.