President Donald Trump has come out swinging this week after liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor accused her conservative colleagues of being politically biased towards the president.
Soon after her comments scorched across social media, the president sounded off on Twitter and said both Sotomayor and liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are the ones who are biased and should recuse themselves from any cases involving his administration over their past comments.
In a series of tweets, Trump cited host Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle,” and he accused Sotomayor of attempting to shame other justices to vote with her.
….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
This all began last Friday when Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009, issued a blistering dissent after a ruling in the case of Wolf v. Cook County.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing the Trump administration to enforce its “public charge” immigration restriction, lifting a pair of preliminary injunctions issued by federal judges.
The “Public Charge” rule states that legal immigrants are less likely to secure permanent residency in the U.S. if they have used any forms of welfare in the past, such as food stamps or other taxpayer-funded housing programs.
The rule, announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in August, defines a “public charge” as an immigrant who received one or more designated benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.
The 5-4 split vote divided the court’s conservatives and liberals, and Sotomayor took a take a cheap shot at her conservative colleagues.
She wrote in her dissent, “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.”
Justice Neil Gorsuch — supported by Justice Clarence Thomas — wrote a separate concurrence on Monday, criticizing the increased reliance on nationwide injunctions to block government policies.
“The real problem here is the increasingly common practice of trial courts ordering relief that transcends the cases before them. Whether framed as injunctions of ‘nationwide,’ ‘universal,’ or ‘cosmic’ scope, these orders share the same basic flaw—they direct how the defendant must act toward persons who are not parties to the case,” Gorsuch wrote.
In his tweet above, the president also brought up the time Ginsburg called him a “faker” during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Ginsburg told CNN at the time that Trump has “no consistency about him. He says whatever comes to his head at the moment.”
She apologized shortly thereafter, but the comment served as another reminder that she’s a staunch liberal who appears to have a bias against the president.