Bad news for the nation’s highest court: President Donald Trump doesn’t think they’re handing down rulings fairly.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump tore into SCOTUS this week over a series of “politically charged” rulings by the high court that he said served as “shotgun blasts” in the faces of conservatives.
The Supreme Court upheld the legally dubious Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program first imposed by Barack Obama in 2012, according to the Examiner, as well as ruled to protect gay and transgender Americans from discrimination in the workplace, as The Washington Post reported.
“We need more justices”
Indeed, for all the screeching the Democrats have done about bias on the Supreme Court bench, the justices still seem to be ruling in the left’s favor.
Recent decisions from the high court have left President Trump with no choice but to fire back.
“These horrible [and] 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,” he wrote in a tweet Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner. “We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd Amendment [and] everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
“None of our concern”
The decision by the Supreme Court to continue DACA was particularly alarming for constitutional conservatives.
According to NPR, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion: “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. The wisdom of those decisions is none of our concern. Here we address only whether the Administration complied with the procedural requirements in the law that insist on ‘a reasoned explanation for its action.'”
You read that right: Roberts himself admitted that the Supreme Court’s decision wasn’t about who was right — it was about procedure. As Justice Clarence Thomas noted in a dissent cited by Fox News, this leaves a precedent that presidents can impose unlawful executive orders without fear that their successors will undo them — something that certainly doesn’t align with what the Constitution intended.
A long battle ahead
Of course, the decision by the Supreme Court to block President Trump’s order to rescind DACA ultimately means little, especially if Trump wins re-election in November. As National Review notes, Trump and the Department of Homeland Security are still free to dismantle DACA — they will just have to jump through some more hoops to do so.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has undermined its own credibility with this and other recent decisions. They are acting with purely political motives — and to Americans, that won’t fly.
With more than one justice nearing retirement from the bench, the stakes this November couldn’t be higher.