President Donald Trump and many of his supporters questioned the U.S. Supreme Court decision this week that prevented his administration’s attempt to end the Obama-era immigration order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
In a 5–4 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing — and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) responded by calling for his resignation.
“Postures as a Solomon”
“It cannot be the law that what Barack Obama has unlawfully done, no president may undo,” the senator said following a majority opinion authored by Roberts, according to The Federalist.
The chief justice made it clear, however, that his opinion does “not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,” but instead reflected the legal inadequacies of the Trump administration’s argument.
“Here we address only whether the Administration complied with the procedural requirements in the law that insist on ‘a reasoned explanation for its action,'” Roberts wrote, according to NPR.
Nevertheless, Cotton was among several Republican lawmakers who expressed concern about what they saw as legislation from the bench.
“John Roberts again postures as a Solomon who will save our institutions from political controversy and accountability,” he said, according to The Federalist. “If the Chief Justice believes his political judgment is so exquisite, I invite him to resign, travel to Iowa, and get elected. I suspect voters will find his strange views no more compelling than do the principled justices on the Court.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) similarly described as “concerning” his belief that the high court “appears to be legislating” in some of its recent rulings.
“What really troubles a lot of people is that some of the folks that the Republican Party has put on this bench … because they say that they understand that their job is to interpret the law, not to write it, are becoming activists,” he said, according to The Hill.
Even Trump weighed in on the DACA ruling in a series of tweets indicating that the administration will make another effort to end the impact of his predecessor’s executive order.
These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
The president has also promised a new list of conservative candidates from which he would fill any future vacancies on the Supreme Court. It will be up to voters to determine whether Republicans retain the control of the White House and Senate needed for that to happen.