President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to demand that liberal Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor recuse themselves on ‘Trump-related matters’ that come before the bench.
The president was reacting to a segment on Monday’s Fox News program hosted by Laura Ingraham.
Ingraham devoted a portion of her show to discussing Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s scathing dissent last week after the high court ruled in favor of the Trump administration on its ‘public charge’ policy.
The Supreme Court lifted an injunction allowing the administration to move ahead with plans to deny would-be immigrants green cards if they are thought likely to use public services like Medicaid, food stamps, and vouchers.
Sotomayor blasted her conservative colleagues, accusing them of showing favoritism toward the administration by granting its request to lift the injunction.
Trump late Monday tweeted the title of the segment: ‘Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favor of Trump.’
“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
….on all Trump, or Trump related, matters! While “elections have consequences”, I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2020
He then wrote: ‘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 on all Trump, or Trump-related, matters!
‘While “elections have consequences”, I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the United States Supreme Court!’
Trump was referring to the comment made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in July 2016, when the current president was locking up the Republican nomination.
Ginsburg said of Trump at the time: ‘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.’
Ginsburg was also quoted as saying of Trump: ‘I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president.’
Days later, Ginsburg apologized, calling her comments ‘ill-advised.’
‘On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,’ Ginsburg said in a statement.
‘Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future, I will be more circumspect.’
Sotomayor generated headlines over the weekend when she blasted the Trump administration as well as her conservative colleagues in a harsh dissent.
In a 5-to-4 ruling on Friday, the Court’s conservative majority allowed the administration’s ‘wealth test’ for would-be immigrants to go into effect while appeals wind their way through the legal system.
The ruling was similar to the one-handed down by the high court last month, which was appealed by the administration after a federal judge in New York issued a nationwide injunction.
Friday’s ruling by the Supreme Court lifted a limited injunction that applied only to Illinois.
Sotomayor, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, criticized President Trump’s administration for asking the Supreme Court to rule on its policies by claiming they were emergencies.
The emergency applications by the administration are meant to circumvent ‘the normal appellate process’ while ‘putting a thumb on the scale in favor of the party that won,’ Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.
Sotomayor accused the conservative justices of granting preferential treatment to the administration, saying that ‘most troublingly, the Court’s recent behavior’ has benefited ‘one litigant over all others.’
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