Plaintiffs argue that this president's words strike at fundamental standards of respect and tolerance, in violation of our constitutional tradition. But the issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements. It is instead the significance of those statements in reviewing a presidential directive, neutral on its face, addressing a matter within the core of executive responsibility. In doing so, we must consider not only the statements of a particular president, but also the authority of the presidency itself.
And yet the US president’s actions and words about Muslims have, at times, veered towards the offensive.
Here’s a reminder of comments he’s made about Muslims and Islam in the past:
1. When he said it might be ‘bad’ for Obama to be a Muslim.
On 30 March, 2011, Trump questioned the legitimacy of then US president Barack Obama’s religious beliefs and birth certificate.
He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or, if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him.
Now, somebody told me – and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be – that where it says ‘religion’, it might have ‘Muslim’. And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.
Barack Obama is a Christian, and he was born in Hawaii.