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Trump Wrongly Attacks ‘Ridiculous’ Ninth Circuit

President Trump fired off a series of tweets early Wednesday morning, once again attacking the U.S. judiciary over rulings he found “ridiculous.” A federal judge, William Orrick, in San Francisco on Tuesday blocked the enforcement of an executive order from Trump that would have withheld funds from U.S. “sanctuary” cities that shielded undocumented immigrants—and failed to comply with federal immigration officials’ demands. Trump wrote, “First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities—both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!” He added, “Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the ‘ban’ case and now the ‘sanctuary’ case is brought in the Ninth Circuit, which has a terrible record of being overturned (close to 80%). They used to call this ‘judge shopping!’ Messy system.” While Orrick is a U.S. district court judge based in San Francisco, he does not, as Trump claimed, sit on the Ninth Circuit.