Former President Donald Trump, in an unprecedented opportunity for any president, was able to select three conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, solidifying a conservative, 6-3 majority.
According to The Washington Times, the former president expressed disappointment in his selections, especially in Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as journalist and author Michael Wolff recently revealed in his soon-to-be-published new book, Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency.
Why is he disappointed?
Wolff wrote that while the president wasn’t exactly thrilled with all three of his high court appointees, he dialed in on Kavanaugh, his second SCOTUS appointment.
“I can’t even believe what’s happening. I’m very disappointed in Kavanaugh. I just told you something I haven’t told a lot of people. In retrospect, he just hasn’t had the courage you need to be a great justice. I’m basing this on more than just the election,” Trump reportedly told Wolff.
While it’s not clear which actions of Kavanaugh’s he wasn’t fond of, he was likely at least partially referencing a number of legal cases regarding his allegations of widespread voter and ballot fraud in the 2020 election that the high court declined to hear.
Trump went on to recall to Wolff about Kavanaugh’s extremely controversial Senate confirmation hearing after he was hit with decades-old sexual misconduct allegations. Trump told Wolff that “practically every senator” called him at the time, begging the president to pick someone else.
“I can’t do that,” Trump reportedly said at the time. “I went through that thing and fought like hell for Kavanaugh — and I saved his life, and I saved his career. At great expense to myself … OK? I fought for that guy and kept him.”
“The big one”
There was one particular voter fraud-related case that was outright rejected by the high court, which might have triggered Trump’s strong opinions about the SCOTUS justices he managed to appoint.
According to Business Insider, not long after the 2020 election results were in, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed a lawsuit charging that President Joe Biden’s victories in a handful of key swing states should be challenged, with allegations from Paxton of widespread voter fraud.
Though there were numerous election fraud cases being presented at various levels of the court system, Trump referred to Paxton’s lawsuit at the time as “the big one.”
Unfortunately for the former president and his millions of supporters, who were hoping for a conservative majority examination of the lawsuit, the Supreme Court issued a one-page opinion explaining that the case was rejected due to a lack of standing.
While the high court might have not delivered what Trump was expecting, at the end of the day, he should still be extremely proud of his three very strong conservative selections to the high court. They won’t always rule how he wants, but it’s undoubtedly better than a liberal majority bench, any day.