Day 1,437: Trump lambastes the very courts that he helped pack for not overturning the election for him
SCOTUS was not immune from his Saturday sniveling
As the majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked scores of Barack Obama’s judicial nominees, especially over his last two years as president. Of Obama’s nominees, the Senate confirmed just 20 in 2015 and 2016 combined, and infamously refused to even hold hearings on Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The unprecedented obstructionism handed Donald Trump dozens of vacancies that he never would have ordinarily had when he took office in 2017. Four years later, in the waning days of his presidency, Trump is upset that the very judges on the very courts he helped pack aren’t rewarding his baseless claims of election fraud.
Leaning into his heavy authoritarian tendencies, Trump spent Saturday whining on Twitter that “courts are bad,” among a litany of other claims.
Trump’s incessant calls for “law and order” apparently don’t extend to the FBI when they refuse to do his bidding, as they were also the target of his wrath.
Three of the nine members of the Supreme Court — after Garland’s blocked nomination — are Trump appointees. Yet Trump referred to the court as “totally incompetent and weak” for not hearing his loony election claims.
Trump has always seen everything as transactional. To him, the nomination was the favor and the lack of capitulation is an affront.
In reality, the judiciary is a co-equal branch of government that is meant to be politically independent. That judges aren’t disenfranchising tens of millions of voters merely because the president is crying that they should is exactly what the Constitution intends and what democracy relies on.
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