On Thursday, just minutes after a federal appeals court kept the block on Trump's travel ban — which would block refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States — Bernie Sanders commented on the Ninth Circuit ruling. He wrote on Twitter: "Hopefully this ruling against Trump’s immigration ban will restore some of the damage he's done to our nation's reputation around the world."
In a longer statement, Sanders said:
Unlike his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, who has indicated her disapproval of Trump's executive actions but has largely maintained her distance from the office of the president, Sanders has been outspoken in his disapproval of how Trump has spent his first few weeks as commander-in-chief. This week, Sanders described Trump as a "fraud."
As for Trump's reaction, it was slightly less articulate.
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Trump has repeatedly made clear his passion for the travel ban, which he describes as being fundamental to the country's safety. (The court disagreed in its ruling, describing the travel ban as having little effect on the likelihood of terror attacks.) Judging by his response, Trump has every intention of fighting the block on his ban, and may even take it all the way to the Supreme Court.
This presents a problem of its own (aside from, you know, the president spending most of his time in a legal battle over blocking immigrants and refugees). There are only eight justices on the Supreme Court at the moment, and the ruling could be a tie. If so, the case bounces back to the Ninth Circuit.
DENIED. UNANIMOUS. PER CURIUM.— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 9, 2017
As for Sanders, he has placed himself firmly at odds with the president and his administration when it comes to the travel ban. No matter how the White House handles it next, you can bet Sanders will be watching.