Time and time again the lower courts have hamstrung the Trump administration on policy changes. They’re mostly Obama appointees—so you can see where this is going. The most prominent of the challenges was the executive order of immigration, which the Left erroneously called the “Muslim ban.” The order was delayed multiple times by national injunctions issued by lower court judges, who were slapped down by the Supreme Court. Last year, the Trump White House said they were looking at ways to rein in these judges from issuing such broad rulings. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that commitment yesterday (via The Hill):
Vice President Pence on Wednesday announced that the administration will challenge the ability of federal district court judges to issue nationwide injunctions that halt policies advocated by President Trump.
The administration’s move — aimed at pushing back at unfavorable decisions from lower courts across the country — would set the stage for a vast legal debate and battle over the role that national injunctions play in the courts.
Pence argued to supporters at an event hosted by the conservative Federalist Society that the Trump administration has been “unfairly” targeted by injunctions issued by lower courts, saying the rulings have prevented officials from implementing policies and regulations.
The vice president said that in the coming days, administration officials will seek pathways to put the issue before the Supreme Court.
“So I say to all those gathered here: For the sake of our liberty, our security, our prosperity and the separation of powers, this era of judicial activism must come to an end,” Pence said. “The Supreme Court of the United States must clarify that district judges can decide no more than the cases before them.”
There is no doubt this will trigger the liberal media, Democrats, and the rest of their snowflake brigade. We will have an endless talk about a constitutional crisis, whether this can be used to impeach Trump, and CNN will wheel out scores of left-wing law professors to drum up an atmosphere of dread. And after all of that, Trump will still be president.