(USA Features) President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that liberal Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg recuse themselves from all cases involving his administration because of a presumed bias against him.
The president’s comments came after Sotomayor wrote in a case dissent this week that Republican-nominated justices on the high court were merely ruling in deference to the Trump White House rather than on the merits of the Constitution and case law.
“Trying to ‘shame’ some into voting her way?” he tweeted from India. “She never criticized Justice Ginsberg [sic] when she called me a ‘faker.’ Both should recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump related, matters!”
Of Sotomayor’s comments, the president wrote, “This is a terrible thing to say.”
“While ‘elections have consequences’, I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!” he added.
Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, wrote a dissenting opinion last week in a 5-4 high court ruling that cleared the way for the administration’s “public charge” rule to go into effect.
She complained about what she claimed is a “now-familiar pattern” in which the administration “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,” she wrote.
“It is hard to say what is more troubling: that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it,” Sotomayor noted.
In November 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts pushed back against the president’s criticism of an “Obama judge,” claiming that federal courts are impartial.
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” he said in a rare public statement rebuking a president, to The New York Times.
“What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”