A federal appeals court declined the U.S. government’s bid to have President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim countries reinstated.
The San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling to suspend the executive order. It was put in place by U.S. District Judge James Robart, who issued a temporary restraining order that was prompted by a suit from Washington state and Minnesota.
The Justice Department had urged the court to lift the stay, arguing in part that the president could do as he wanted to combat terrorism.
Um, no. Next likely stop for this whole sorry situation: The U.S. Supreme Court.
Tech companies, including Amazon, Microsoft and Google, had loudly opposed the ban and have been joining various legal efforts to upend it. It is unlikely that many will comment right now, since the legal case is still in process.
Meanwhile — whenever he takes a break from whacking at Nordstrom in whatever dark room his angry tweets emerge from — Trump has been lambasting the judiciary and accusing it of trying to be “so political.”
He should know.
Like this doozy:
If the U.S. does not win this case as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
So, big shockeroo, after he was, um, a loser, Trump did not wait a New York minute after the ruling came down before he went ALL CAPS on Twitter, blaming the judiciary in advance for any trouble:
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Reaction from tech companies to come, and will be added below as the comments come in.
Here are some of the comments and tweets so far from tech figures and others:
Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Corynne McSherry:
“We are heartened to see the Ninth Circuit reject the notion that executive actions — including those couched as relating to national security — can't be tested against the Constitution. That testing is the fundamental duty of the court system.”
A spokesperson from Stripe:
“We’re encouraged by the reaffirmation of our system of checks and balances. Partisan allegiance has blinkered and muzzled many who would ordinarily condemn this manifestly discriminatory policy. We encourage everyone to continue to speak up and out against this mistaken order.”
Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky:
Proud of @AGOWA, the Amazon legal team that helped on the case, and amici -- who all made today's 9th Circuit ruling possible.— David Zapolsky (@DavidZapolsky) February 10, 2017
Box CEO Aaron Levie:
Unfortunate that we have to be excited about small victories but this was an incredibly important step to upholding our principles.— Aaron Levie (@levie) February 9, 2017
Katie Jacobs Stanton of Color Genomics, formerly of Twitter:
Checks & Balances FTW ⚖️— Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS) February 9, 2017
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel:
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo:
US constitution provides for a separation of powers between three branches of government: the legislative, the judicial, & a yelling guy https://t.co/8z1dput6UU— dick costolo (@dickc) February 10, 2017
3-0— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 10, 2017
"Bottom line: This is a complete victory for the state of Washington." -BF— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 10, 2017
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.