Donald Trump's so-called "travel ban" barring Muslim visitors and refugees from entering the country has been blocked by several courts. Because Donald Trump is (1) incompetent, (2) an idiot, and (3) under the impression our nation should grant him dictatorial powers, Donald Trump has a solution to this: Simply dissolve the courts causing him trouble, thus making the law whatever he wants it to be.
Asked by the Washington Examiner if he had considered proposals to split the court, Trump replied: “Absolutely, I have.”
“There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous,” Trump told the website. “Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit. And we have a big country. We have lots of other locations. But they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. Because they know that’s like, semi-automatic.”
And now we're going to all sit here and ponder for a minute over the chief officer of a so-called democracy musing that if the nation's judges are going to start insisting his various pronouncements follow the rule of law, well then he's going to just get rid of those judges and do what he wants anyway. Because that is now, in the United States of America, a thing.
We'll ignore Trump's judge-shopping claims, which are false but which Trump is probably convinced of because Donald Trump has spent a hell of a lot of time being sued for things and that's one of the few phrases he remembers from the experiences. We should probably not ignore that during Trump's tantrum and threats to disband an entire federal circuit, he doesn't seem to know the difference between the court he's attacking and the court that actually offended him.
The most recent ruling against Trump, in which Judge William Orrick issued an injunction blocking his executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities, didn’t occur in the 9th Circuit. It was in the United States District Court in San Francisco, which is one level below.