‘What is fake, what is genuine’ can be matter of rhetoric, deception, subjectivity or logic based on which side of the fulcrum you are.

When it comes to politics, it is mostly about rhetoric, deception and subjectivity – all impregnated in different hues of relativities.

And when it comes to a politician like Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, that also makes him the most powerful person on the Earth, it is always about extreme proportions of relativistic interpretations.

So, even if all the rational thinking souls, including some of the US judges (in fact all so far) think that the Trump administration’s a bad idea that would make the people of the US look fools before the world, Trump thinks otherwise.

And continuing his ‘otherwise’ stand, he is busy blasting the US Judiciary these days on his most preferred platform, Twitter.

While a crucial hearing on his travel ban was due in Virginia today, he, again, grandiosely, proclaimed that he would meet other in the court ‘to save his nation from some imminent threat’.

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Now it is ironical that the court, where he is looking for his saviour, is also the institution he so despises that he terms the whole US Judicial System as of ‘third-world countries’ and ‘rigged’.

But like it happens, apart from his dwindling support base, that has made him the US President to begin his term with historically low approval ratings, no one is buying his words, and that happened in the Virginia hearing as well.

According to media reports, the Virginia judge has ‘blasted Trump travel ban citing lack of evidence of any threats’, as a USA Today piece puts it. A Washington Post report, quoting the Virginia District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, says that “the courts have been begging Trump to provide some evidence, and none has been forthcoming.”

“The presidential order, she said, “has all kinds of defects” and “clearly is overreaching” when it comes to long-term residents of the United States”, the Post report says. In fact, alluding to the freedom of religion, the judge goes on to question the motivation behind this ‘immigration ban’ decision saying that “there is some strong, colorful evidence that the motivations for this order may bump into the establishment clause of the First Amendment”, the report says. The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the ‘Freedom of Religion’.

Trump’s travel ban order has seen some very tough, hostile reactions but this one, and that too from a federal judge, is the most stinging so far.

Trump has not tweeted (so far) on it. Let’s see how he reacts (or what he tweets)!



Trump is on his favourite targets, in fact one his favourite targets out of many, to populate the mircroblogging site with his wisdom.

Yes, it is about slamming the media again, with his pet ‘FAKE NEWS’ attribute.

He says since he won the Presidential polls, media outfits have run 16 fake stories, and he has based his proclamation on a proclamation by a media that he probably saw was not fake.

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’16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won’

While he feels disgraced on being denied his full cabinet yet, he finds time for digging out information that even if Senator Richard Blumenthal never fought in Vietnam, Chris Cuomo, in interviewing him, never asked any question on this line.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?
Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!

Meanwhile, in his trademark style, he doesn’t forget to remind people what surveys about his ‘grand travel ban’ executive order is saying. He says his supporters (or can we say people here?) are simply mesmerized at this ‘immigration ban’ decision.

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‘Immigration Ban Is One Of Trump’s Most Popular Orders So Far’

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‘Majority in Leading EU Nations Support Trump-Style Travel Ban’ – Poll of more than 10,000 people in 10 countries…

And yes, he also tweets a survey that places the ‘truthfulness’ of his administration above media – ‘Trump administration seen as more truthful than news media’ http://bit.ly/2k4b0imEmersonPoll …’

It is a Donald Trump world where anything that concerns him never fades, irrespective of what the world thinks.



The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is a bit modified and extended.

The US President elect Donald Trump yesterday tweeted his mind about refugees in the US and it looks ominous, reaffirming the fear that a Trump presidency will be hostile to refugees and immigrants in the US.

The tweet was about the Ohio State University attack by a US resident of the Somali origin which left 11 injured. Abdule Razak Ali Artan, the attacker who went on a stabbing rampage, was later shot dead. ISIS has claimed the attack calling the attacker its soldier.

Donald Trump’s tweet says, “ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.”

Mark the words, “who should not have been in our country’.

Just two days before the presidential polls on November 8, Trump had claimed in a Minnesota rally that Somali immigrants were behind Minnesota’s problems.

He had said, “Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen first-hand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with very large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval. Some of them are joining Isis and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world.”

Trump saw no wrong when his son used the term ‘poisoned skittles’ for Syrian refugees. His campaign, in fact, defended it, saying Donald Trump Jr., in fact was an asset for the Trump campaign.

After winning the US presidency earlier this month, Trump had promised that he would deport millions of immigrants involved in criminal activities. Millions of criminals in a developed society like the US! The whole exercise, if undertaken, will be a big sham – nothing more than witch-hunting.

Donald Trump has been vocal about Muslims, refugees and immigrants and his election campaign had seen a high pitched rhetoric about Muslim ban.

He has called for extreme measures like putting on hold Muslims’ entry in the United States. A December 2015 statement on his official website says, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Also, though he has not openly endorsed a Muslim Registry, he never ruled it out whenever he was asked about it during the campaign phase. Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, who is a prominent contender to head the Department of Homeland Security under Trump, is a hardliner when it comes to clamping down on refugees and immigrants. His future action plan reportedly includes a Muslim Registry and a border wall along the US-Mexican border, an idea that Donald Trump reiterates time and again, humiliating Mexicans as rapists and criminals.