US Podcast: Trump, the Judges, and the Muslim Ban

As the fate of Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban” is now considered by a Circuit Court of Appeals, I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Globalist on Monday morning about the legal and political situation.

See also TrumpWatch, Day 17: Trump Warns Judges, Declares Respect for Putin

Listen from 2:53:

Let’s be clear. This has elevated into a Constitutional crisis, the most serious since Watergate in the 1970s.

That’s because of the nature of this President, who does not accept criticism, who does not believe that he is ever wrong —- and of advisors who are Islamophobic, who have said for years that they did not want Muslims to enter the country.

The combination of that ideological agenda and Trump’s rather unstable approach to governance brings us to this critical point….

If Trump and his advisors succeed, they have effectively bullied the courts.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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