Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts inches closer to the left

March 14, 2019 by Jerry McCormick

Conservatives’ worst nightmare is coming true on the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Roberts is starting to side more and more with the liberal judges on the court.

Key Rulings

At age 64, Justice Roberts likely has at least another decade or two on the high court.

It is that very fact that gave conservatives hope that even with Democrats making a power grab, the Supreme Court would hold our Constitution intact, particularly with President Donald Trump’s two appointments on the bench.

However, in the most recent terms, Roberts has sided with liberal justices just as must as he has with conservatives.

Indeed, in two abortion cases and two death penalty cases, Roberts has broken from conservative ideology.

The most telling case, though, may have been when Roberts sided with liberals on the case that was brought against Trump-headed travel restrictions. At hand was the issue of immigrants entering the country illegally being eligible for asylum status.

Most conservatives, including President Trump, thought this was going to be a slam dunk win for the GOP when it got to the Supreme Court. Shockingly, Roberts parted from all conservative justices to uphold the lower court’s ruling that blocked the restrictions.

Proving a Point

Some experts believe this may be as much about an ideology change as it is a stance against President Trump.

Roberts was very vocal when Trump criticized the presiding judge in the asylum case and called him an “Obama judge.”

“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts asserted at the time. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”

While it would be nice to believe that were true, the fact that every judge appointed by a Democrat president has ruled against Trump when given the chance makes it clear that most benches have become politicized.

This is what makes the re-election of Trump more important than ever.

With Roberts moving left, the perceived conservative 5-4 tilt no longer exists. And there are at least two liberal justices that may retire within the next four to six years.

For the sake of our country and our Constitution, it is imperative that Trump appoint their replacements rather than someone from the radical left.

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