Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Difference Between An Obama Judge And A Trump Judge

Chief Justice John Roberts’ rebuke of President Trump for criticizing a federal judge who issued a temporary restraining order blocking the administration from barring migrants who enter the U.S. illegally from seeking asylum isn’t the first time that Roberts has tried to suggest that judges aren’t political.
The most famous prior occasion was when Roberts told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his 2005 confirmation hearing, “Judges are like umpires … whose job is to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.” He also said that “umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them.”
No serious student of the modern judiciary took Roberts’ 2005 comments seriously.
They shouldn’t take his most recent attempt at myth-making seriously, either. After all, if there wasn’t a difference between “Obama judges” and federal judges appointed by Republican presidents, President Trump’s opponents wouldn’t be moving heaven and earth to try to stop him from appointing conservatives to the federal courts. Surely, the chief justice can’t already have forgotten the trials to which Brett Kavanaugh was subjected.
Read the rest from Scott Douglas Gerber HERE.

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