March 15 Today Donald Trump unleashed an utterly Hitler like attack on Muslims, the courts, and the rule of law. Moments before he spoke in Nashville, a judge on the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals had issued a temporary restraining order to halt Trump’s latest version of a Muslim ban. Trump bellowed to a mass rally: “People are screaming break up the Ninth Circuit. I tell you what? That Ninth Circuit. You have to see. Take a look at how many times they have been overturned with their terrible decisions. Take a look. And this is what we have to live with … This ruling makes us look weak which by the way we no longer are. Believe me. Just look at our borders. We are going to fight this ruling and take it as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme court. We are going to win. … and regardless we are going to keep our citizens safe.”
Trump is seizing on this ruling to threaten courts that rule against him, to whip his mobs of followers into a fascist, racist, xenophobic frenzy, and to terrify everyone not directly targeted at any given moment into passivity. It is positive that the Muslim ban is on hold – but now is definitely not the time to feel relief. Trump fully intends to follow through with this ban come hell or high water, and it is part of an entire fascist program his regime is trying to lock down. The urgent task before all people who don’t want this nightmare imposed on humanity: the whole fascist Trump/Pence regime must be driven from power.