President Donald Trump responded to the Hawaii judge who blocked his second attempt to initiate a travel ban against people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries by saying that his administration is "never, ever giving up."
The president spoke at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 15, and delivered a campaign-style speech, the Daily Mail reported.
The rally took place shortly after news broke that U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson blocked Trump's second attempt at a travel ban.
Trump said Watson's ruling was "in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach."
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"We're going to fight this terrible ruling," Trump said. "We're going to take this case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court. We're going to win and we're going to keep our citizens safe. Believe me."
Trump added that the revised order "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."
"I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way," Trump concluded. "The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear. We're never quitting, we're never going away, we're never, ever giving up."
Watson's ruling declared that Trump's executive order discriminates on the basis of a religious test. The revised order had removed Iraq from the original seven banned Muslim-majority countries, but kept Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, CNN reported.
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The ban would suspend admission of almost all refugees for 120 days and restrict visas for people from the stated countries for 90 days.
A Maryland judge followed suit after Hawaii's ruling.
Trump took some time during his speech to bash what he calls the "bad, fake" media as well, calling them "the most dishonest people."
"I would much rather spend time with you than any of the pundits, consultants or special interests, certainly or reporters from Washington, D.C.," Trump told the crowd.
At one point, the president mentioned former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, which prompted his supporters to start the signature "lock her up" chant that was born during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
The rally was meant to defend the Republican congressional blueprint for replacing the Affordable Care Act. He will hold another rally on March 20 in Kentucky, the home state of Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who is a well known opponent of the replacement American Health Care Act, also known as "Trumpcare."