OPINION: John Roberts Finally Got Called Out For His Hypocrisy.
President Trump’s executive order, aimed at denying asylum to migrants who crossed the southern border illegally, was shot down by a federal judge late Monday night. In response to this, Trump lashed out at Judge Jon S. Tigar of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, calling him an “Obama judge”. Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts responded to an inquiry from the Associated Press, saying “there are no Obama judges, Trump judges, Bush judges, or Clinton judges”.
Here is where Chief Justice Roberts plays tug of war with the political establishment. Instead of keeping his mouth shut, as should any independent judicial judge should, he’s lit a match that cannot be blown out, taking into account how definitively hypocritical his comments reflect his actions.
Flashback to then- President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address. Months before his SOTU speech, the Supreme Court heard the case of Citizens United v. FEC, a court case that effectively undermined First Amendment corporate political discourse. In a 5-4 majority victory for free speech, Obama told his audience in the House of Representatives chamber that this ruling “will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”
In response, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito shook his head in disgust and mouthed the words “not true” after President Obama’s remarks. Here is where Roberts plays a role.
Not once did Chief Justice Roberts criticize, say, or take action on the attack towards independence from Obama. Moreover, this was not the only time Roberts dodged.
Joel Pollak writes, “In April 2012, when oral arguments in the Obamacare case (NFIB v. Sebelius) appeared to go against the administration, Obama warned the Supreme Court against overturning the law, attacking the very idea that ‘an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law’.”
Roberts once again intentionally neglected the Supreme Court’s prerogatives, but actually caved during this, which led Obamacare being put on life support and saved.
Jorge Velasco is the Founder and CEO of theDailyLead.