Not content with merely insulting individual judges and the judicial system in general, the Trump administration now has decided to seek ways to game the system in search of a friendly forum for a quick win.

The issue that the president has chosen for this effort is one that he hopes will not generate a lot of sympathy, the rights of transgender people.

The question before lower courts concerns the president’s unilateral decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, tweeted to the surprise of the Pentagon, the generals and Congress caught between the evidence — the absence of any problems or inordinate costs — and the demands of the commander in chief.

The policy Trump overturned had been instituted by President Obama and had not run into any troubles. It was the latest in a long line of protections provided for people subject to discrimination merely for being who they are, for being different.

People opposing the ban went to court and judges have consistently ruled that there seems to be little evidence favoring the president. In fact, judges who have considered the evidence have issued rulings that show just how wrong the administration is, providing even more proof that this is merely another form of discrimination.

“There is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effect on the military at all,” U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote in a case filed in the District of Columbia last spring. “In fact, there is considerable evidence that it is the discharge and banning of such individuals that would have such effects.”

The normal, historic and traditional course of action would be to have such rulings appealed through the court system with those who do not prevail then able to decide if they would like to appeal to a higher court and giving that higher court the opportunity to hear the case or reaffirm the judgement already on record.

The administration sees no need to play by the rules, especially when cases are likely to be headed to the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit which the president has said is biased and a disgrace. His recent tantrum came after the court noted that he cannot rewrite immigration laws just because he wants to, the latest in a long line of decisions reminding the president that he, too, is subject to the rule of law. He does not want to risk another embarrassing rejection on the transgender ban so he is trying to skip several levels and go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court where he hopes to have a more favorable audience.

He might be wrong about that, considering the lecture that the chief justice gave him last week about the independence of the judiciary. But the president really does not care.

As long as he can be seen fighting those immigrants and those transgender people as hard as he can, he knows that he will be firming up his political support. Any suffering by the judiciary or the people he opposes is just so much collateral damage.