Judicial branch reappears on White House website after social media outrage
Donald Trump's administration has discreetly added the judicial branch to a section of the White House website, after it was revealed that it had been removed. The disappearance of the branch unsurprisingly prompted outrage online.
The online uproar stemmed from a section of the WhiteHouse.gov website titled ‘Our Government’. The category traditionally lists the three branches of the US government – the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
However, that section was altered one day after Trump's inauguration on January 20, according to the Hill.
The section then included the executive and legislative branches, but failed to mention the judicial branch at all.
Although the change apparently occurred earlier this month, it made waves online on Sunday, after a federal judge in New York issued an emergency stay which temporarily halted the removal of people detained as a result of Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries entering the US.
The internet then erupted with fierce criticism of the move – fanning the sense of injustice among those in the anti-Trump camp.
Umm. Anyone else notice that the JUDICIAL BRANCH info page has been scrubbed from https://t.co/asqq4NLBAP? This is freaking chilling.— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) January 30, 2017
Several tweets compared a side-by-side view of the current White House website and the previous one, using a cached screenshot from earlier this month.
Amazing. Thanks to @internetarchive, you can see https://t.co/8ub33RD7ZJ's link to Judicial Branch erased on Jan 21. Day after inauguration. pic.twitter.com/9xCRDZLPsE— Kevin Collier (@kevincollier) January 30, 2017
One accused the omission of the judicial branch of being a "deceleration (sic) of intent," rather than an "accident."
The Judicial Branch has been removed from https://t.co/Ajkez0cW2T.— Tim van der Zee (@Research_Tim) January 30, 2017
This isn't an accident, it's a deceleration of intent. pic.twitter.com/vi9mlfuoMV
That sentiment was echoed by @richvisotcky, who tweeted that "a president becomes a dictator when he bypasses Congress and ignored the judicial branch."
A President becomes a Dictator when he bypasses Congress and ignores the Judicial Branch #checksandbalances— Rich Visotcky (@RichVisotcky) January 30, 2017
Another tweet called the move a "Constitutional crisis."
This is happening: Trump's executive branch is ignoring the judicial branch. In other words, ignoring judges orders = Constitutional Crisis.— The Anti-Trump (@IMPL0RABLE) January 30, 2017
And one suggested that the administration "may want to add it (judicial branch) back in tomorrow."
So https://t.co/arnzFvPmZ8 no longer lists the judicial branch as a part of the US government. They may want to add it back in tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/SokY3tBRZd— Margarita Noriega (@margarita) January 30, 2017
It appears the Trump administration listened to that advice on Monday, when the judicial branch reappeared under the 'Our Government' section, in the same position it previously held.
The judicial branch of government is made up of the court system, with the Supreme Court representing the highest court in the land. It also helps interpret the United States constitution – something which Trump has been accused of violating, particularly in reference to his executive order banning those from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US.