Sanders: Court ruling might 'teach President Trump a lesson'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.) praised an appeals court for rejecting the administration's request to resume an executive order targeting immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying it could "teach President Trump a lesson." 

"Hopefully, the unanimous court ruling against President Trump’s immigration ban will restore some of the damage he has done to our country’s reputation around the world," Sanders said in a statement minutes after the ruling came down.
"It also may teach President Trump a lesson in American history and how our democracy is supposed to work here at home." 
The former Democratic presidential candidate added that the ruling marked a "good day for our system of checks and balances."

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously that a nationwide restraining order against President Trump’s temporary travel ban may continue while a federal judge considers a lawsuit over the policy.

Sanders argued that if Trump "respected our traditions of religious freedom" he would not have issued the order in the first place. 

"[He] would not have resorted to hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric to justify a ban on travel from seven mostly Muslim countries," he said. "A president responsible for keeping our citizens safe would not hand over ideological ammunition to terrorists seeking new recruits to kill Americans." 

He added if Trump "respected the Constitution's separation of powers" he would not have targeted the federal judge that put in place the nationwide stay or "tried to bully a federal appeals court with taunts on Twitter." 

The administration can now ask the Supreme Court to immediately intervene, or wait until a ruling on the preliminary injunction order.

Democrats immediately praised the lower court's ruling. 

"President Trump ought to see the handwriting on the wall that his executive order is unconstitutional. He should abandon this proposal, roll up his sleeves and come up with a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerPelosi fires back after Trump 'meltdown': 'We have to pray for his health' 5 big wins in US-China trade pact Trump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe MORE (D-N.Y.) said. 

Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedThis week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington Fury over Trump Syria decision grows Democrats warn Trump's Turkey sanctions don't go far enough MORE (D-R.I.) said the White House should "withdraw" the executive order and "work toward a rational policy." 

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyBacklash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds Administration to give 'top secret' briefing on Syria amid pushback MORE (D-Conn.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, echoed his comments on Twitter.