Our Judiciary is not supposed to be political, but it very much has become so.
After hearing a previous opinion by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg and the latest dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, President Trump suggested both should recuse themselves from any SCOTUS matters related to this administration…
“Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favor of Trump.” @IngrahamAngle @FoxNews This is a terrible thing to say. Trying to “shame” some into voting her way? She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a “faker”. Both should recuse themselves..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2020
During the 2016 election cycle, CNN reported that Justice Ginsburg was very critical of Trump, making some rather damning and alarming comments about the Republican candidate.
Ginsburg stated, “He is a faker. He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment.”
“He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”
This was alarming in that a sitting justice was diving into the presidential election as well as heavily critiquing a candidate of the opposite ideology.
Honestly, it is hard to remember any justice at any time in recent history making such an openly partisan comment.
After the hotly contested “public charge” immigration policy was narrowly approved by the Supreme Court on Friday, The Hill reported that Justice Sotomayor was not happy with the outcome.
She stated, “Today’s decision follows a now-familiar pattern. The Government seeks emergency relief from this Court, asking it to grant a stay where two lower courts have not. The Government insists—even though review in a court of appeals is imminent—that it will suffer irreparable harm if this Court does not grant a stay. And the Court yields.”
Now, has anyone ever heard Sotomayor complain when judgment after judgment went against Trump in courts where an Obama or Clinton appointee was sitting?
We can, however, point to verdicts against Trump by Trump, Bush, and/or Reagan appointees, but it is awfully hard to find one that went in favor of Trump in a liberal court.
Sotomayor is right in stating that our judiciary has become tainted, but she is clearly part of that problem. While we know neither Sotomayor nor Ginsburg will ever recuse themselves, it is hard to argue against Trump’s point that they should.