Last week, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, a Barack Obama appointee, ruled absurdly that President Trump does not have the authority to prevent illegal immigrants to apply for asylum. Blocking Trump’s order that no migrants who cross in between the official border checkpoints will be allowed to seek refugee status in the United States, Tigar continued a two-year-long tradition of liberal judges trying to undermine this president’s authority on immigration and national security. When Trump spoke to reporters about the ruling, he simply told the plain truth of the situation.
“This was an Obama judge, and I’ll tell you what, it’s not going to happen like this anymore,” he said. “Everybody that wants to sue the U.S. – almost – they file their case in the 9th Circuit, and it means an automatic loss. No matter what you do, no matter how good your case is. And the 9th Circuit is really something we have to take a look at, because it’s not fair.”
Now, we’re not trying to steal anyone’s opinion of this situation, nor are we suggesting that Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court does not have the right to disagree with President Trump. But when he decided to break political silence to bite back at Trump’s remarks, he crossed a line that should not have been crossed.
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” said Roberts. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”
Put aside your feelings on whether or not judges bring their political ideology to bear on their decisions. Put aside whether or not you agree with Roberts or agree with Trump. This is beyond that.
This is about the integrity of the nation’s high court – a court whose very legitimacy has come under fire in recent months over the shameful Kavanaugh hearings. This – of ALL times – would be a great occasion for John Roberts to keep his mouth shut. It’s not his place to question Trump’s statements in public – especially when this very case could wind up before his court very soon.
If it’s not outrageous, it’s damn near it.