Trump Doubles Down, Calls for Ginsburg, Sotomayor Recusal Over ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

Clay Curtis
February 27, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signalled scepticism toward a federal law that made it a felony to encourage illegal immigrants to come or stay in the United States as they heard a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to revive the measure after it was struck down by a lower court. "I just thought it was so inappropriate, such a awful statement for Supreme Court justice".

Justice Sotomayor issued her dissent issued final week towards an order by the courtroom permitting the Trump administration to proceed with a plan to disclaim inexperienced playing cards to immigrants who're deemed more likely to develop into "public prices" reliant on authorities assist applications.

Wrote Sotomayor: "Claiming one emergency after another, the government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention and consuming limited court resources in each".

"I just don't know how they can not recuse themselves for anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related", he told reporters. She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a "faker".

Asked about the protests during a press conference before his departure, Trump said he had raised the issue of religious freedom with Modi and that the prime minister was "incredible" on the subject.

"I don't know who she was for - perhaps she was for Hillary Clinton, if you can believe it - but she said some things that were obviously very inappropriate", he asserted.

In essence, she argued that the Supreme Court's conservative judges were undercutting the normal appellate process of letting disputes play out in the lower courts and intervening early to assist the Trump administration. They wrote that Trump "went after" the justices via tweet, then "doubled down" during his news conference.

Trump claimed Ginsburg "went wild" during the 2016 campaign with criticism of him.

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In a meeting with Indian business leaders Tuesday, Trump said he believed the US economy would be hurt "if the wrong person gets elected" in November.

Sotomayor's dissent accused the court's conservative-leaning justices of blatant partisanship in favor of the Trump administration.

There are now five Republican-appointed judges and four appointed by Democratic presidents. Attorney General William Barr said at the time that such comments by Trump "make it impossible for me to do my job" and to assure the courts and federal prosecutors "that we're doing our work with integrity".

On Friday, the Supreme Court on a 5-4 vote let Trump's administration implement in IL new standards requiring immigrants to prove they would not require government assistance while litigation continues in lower courts over the legality of the so-called "public charge" rules.

With at least 10 people killed in violent protests during his two-day visit, Trump told reporters that he didn't want to discuss the amendment that provides fast-track naturalization for some foreign-born religious minorities but not Muslims.

Up until Trump, the height of presidential rudeness to the high court came when Barack Obama gently chided justices for their Citizens United decision during his 2010 State of the Union address.

Trump has appointed two conservative members of the court: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. They have provided reliable votes in favor of administration policies in key cases.

On Twitter, responding to a segment on Fox News's The Ingraham Angle, Trump unleashed a tirade against Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has criticized the president in the past.

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