Despite sustained attacks in the media, majority of voters support president’s executive orders
Despite the mass hysteria origination from the mainstream media and leftist activists, 55 percent of American voters approve of President Donald Trump’s executive orders that revoked funding from sanctuary cities and imposed a temporary travel ban, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.
Since the president initiated executive action to crack down on illegal immigration, boost border security, and promote national security in the fight against terrorism, liberals have gone into hysterics and decried Trump’s “Islamaphobia” and “anti-immigrant” beliefs. The hyperbole and wall-to-wall negative coverage in much of the media seems to have done little to deter ordinary Americans from supporting Trump’s efforts.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll, which surveyed 2,070 registered voters across the nation between Feb. 2-4, showed that Trump’s travel ban and sanctuary city-focused executive orders are his most popular thus far in his presidency. Only 33 percent of respondents disapproved of the president’s decision to revoke federal funding for sanctuary cities, while 38 percent disapproved of the temporary travel ban.
Those numbers, however, stand in stark contrast the amount of negative media attention the president’s executive orders have warranted over the last few weeks.
The liberal resistance to the orders received a boost when a judge in Washington State halted Trump’s travel ban executive order on citizens from seven terrorism-compromised countries. The Left applauded the ruling.
“That opinion didn’t deserve the name,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “In fact, you might call it a ‘so-called opinion’ because it didn’t have any legal analysis. It did not have a single reason that President Trump’s order on refugee travel was unconstitutional and illegal.”
The case is now before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Noting that the 9th Circuit is one of the most “notoriously liberal” courts in the entire country, Cotton insisted that there shouldn’t have been any hold-ups for Trump’s “lawful” executive order.
“The president is granted significant discretion under federal law to determine who is enabled to come into this country for security-based reasons,” Cotton said. “But … this is merely an order from the president to the executive branch directing them how to employ the discretion vested in him by federal law — not a law.”
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The president did encounter several issues while rolling out the travel ban executive order that required subsequent clarifications, including whether or not immigrants who already held green cards were included in the ban. But Cotton said if Trump simply modified the order and provided further clarity, the 9th Circuit would have no legal basis for ruling against the administration.
“If [Trump] does that and [Washington State and Minnesota] still object, then they really are just protecting the position that we cannot have borders and that everyone in the world has a constitutional right to travel to the United States. That is plainly not the law and it is plainly unpopular with the American people,” Cotton told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham. “So that would be one path for the president to take if he wants to begin to keep this country safe from potential threats traveling to it.”