The integrity of two civil servants who serve on the nation’s highest court was questioned after they accused their colleagues, who were sworn in during the current administration, of being biased toward the president.
President Donald Trump fired back after Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and fellow Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticized their coworkers for siding with the Trump administration on a recent vote that upheld barring those immigrants from receiving Medicaid, housing vouchers, food stamps, and other forms of public assistance deemed to be at risk of becoming a “public charge.”
“[Regarding the article,] ‘Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed justices of being biased in favor of Trump,’ Ingraham Angle, Fox News this is a terrible thing to say,” the president said on Twitter. “Trying to ‘shame’ some into voting her way? She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a ‘faker,’ both should recuse themselves.”
The heated exchange began after Sotomayor published her objection to losing the vote to oppose parts of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
“Today’s decision follows a now-familiar pattern,” she said in a statement. “The government 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.”
The president expressed deep disappointment with Sotomayor and Ginsburg.
“I just thought it was so inappropriate, such a terrible statement for a Supreme Court justice,” he said according to The New York Times.
The president urged both justices to change their behavior to better reflect “fairness” in the judicial system.
“While ‘elections have consequences,’ I only ask for fairness, especially when it comes to decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said on Twitter.
This is not the first time a justice has made controversial statements. In 2018 Chief Justice John Roberts criticized the president for allegedly calling a Supreme Court justice a Barack “Obama judge” after ruling against one of the Trump administration’s policies.
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, [George W.] Bush judges or [Bill] Clinton judges,” he said according to the paper. “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.”
Lawyer Brandon Beckham Esq. defended the president’s actions to express concern about potential judicial bias, especially in the separate conviction of political consultant Roger Stone who was accused of seven counts of felony.
“The president ratcheted up a fight with a judicial system he sees as biased against him,” he said on Twitter. “Roger Stone deserved an impartial jury. Proof the jury foreperson was significantly biased negates confidence there was impartiality.”
The president has called the Stone judgment a “total miscarriage of justice.”
“There has rarely been a juror so tainted as the forewoman in the Roger Stone case,” he said on Twitter. “Look at her background, she never revealed her hatred of ‘Trump’ and Stone, she was totally biased as is the judge. Roger was not even working on my campaign. Miscarriage of justice, sad to watch.”