Trump Slams 'Unprecedented Judicial Overreach'

He praises Andrew Jackson at Nashville rally
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2017 12:15 AM CDT
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President Trump walks onto the stage at a rally Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

President Trump held a campaign-style rally in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday night, and a federal judge's blocking of his new travel ban hours earlier was one of his chief topics. The president slammed the Hawaii judge's decision as "unprecedented judicial overreach" and accused the court of acting for "political reasons," ABC News reports. The order blocked "was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with," Trump told the raucous crowd, adding: "This ruling makes us look weak, which we no longer are." He vowed to fight the "terrible rule" all the way up to the Supreme Court if necessary, to "keep our citizens safe."

At the rally, which followed a day of events marking Andrew Jackson's 250th birthday, Trump praised the controversial leader as one of America's great presidents, and one who opposed the "arrogant elite," WHNT reports. "Does that sound familiar?" he asked the crowd. During his 40-minute speech, Trump also praised his administration's accomplishments so far and repeated his promise to repeal ObamaCare, which he said is now in a "catastrophic situation," the Tennessean reports. "It's time for us to embrace our glorious national destiny," he said at the end of his remarks. Several protesters were removed during his speech, including a woman with a "Medicare for all" sign. (Read more Trump travel ban stories.)

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