On Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu, Hawaii successfully halted President Donald Trump's second executive order banning travel to the US from residents of six Muslim-majority nations. After Trump's previous ban was ruled illegal and shut down by multiple federal courts in February, the White House spent weeks crafting a replacement designed to be unsinkable. Then, mere hours before it was to be put into effect, it was sunk.
Judge Watson's decision immediately sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics and the media, infuriating the president and causing his supporters to start a movement to boycott Hawaii. But ironically, it seems that it was the words of some of Trump's closest confidantes that motivated Watson's ruling.