• High Court Supports Trump Policy — and Justice Sotomayor Isn’t Happy About It

    Surge Summary: A pair of federal court decisions positive for President Trump’s agenda were recently passed. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor wasn’t pleased with here colleague’s finding and said as much – and the President slapped back at her.

    by Gary Bauer

    President Trump has gotten some good news from the courts lately.

    [Monday], the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Trump Administration rule that prohibited health centers funded with your tax dollars from promoting abortion or referring clients to abortion providers.

    The court ruled 7-to-4 that the Trump Administration rule was similar to one issued by the Reagan Administration and upheld by the Supreme Court in 1988.

    As you know, the 9th Circuit has long been a bastion of left-wing activism. But thanks to President Trump’s conservative judges, that is rapidly coming to an end.  And the left is freaking out.

    In addition, the Supreme Court cleared the way late last week for the Trump Administration to begin enforcing a rule denying permanent legal status to immigrants who become “public charges” or dependent on taxpayer-funded benefits.

    The rule is a long-standing but rarely enforced law meant to ensure that immigrants who come to the United States won’t become a burden on taxpayers, and President Trump was right to instruct the government to enforce it.

    Predictably, the left went ballistic and sued to block its enforcement.  Last week’s ruling marked the second time that the Supreme Court had to intervene to remove a lower court injunction against the “public charge” rule.

    Trump Fires Back

    Unfortunately, the high court was deeply divided by this common sense move.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent in which she accused her conservative colleagues of “putting a thumb on the scale in favor of” the Trump Administration.

    Of course, the justices have strong opinions and do disagree.  The late, great Antonin Scalia was well-known for his blistering dissents.  But for Sotomayor to suggest that Republican-appointed justices were biased in favor of the Trump Administration was a shocking breach of decorum.

    Moreover, Sotomayor largely ignored a growing problem that Justice Neil Gorusch and Attorney General William Barr have repeatedly criticized — the historic abuse of nationwide injunctions issued by left-wing judges to thwart this president’s agenda.

    In fact, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning to discuss this very problem.  Sen. Ted Cruz addressed Sotomayor’s dissent, saying:

    “I read it a little bit like an arsonist complaining about the noise from the fire trucks. . . If you look to the facts of what’s happening with nationwide injunctions, I think it will explain why the Department of Justice has had to ask the Supreme Court to intervene over and over again.”

    A typical Republican administration would have been embarrassed by Sotomayor’s criticism and would have dodged liberal media attempts to shame the administration.

    Trump hit back.  He blasted Sotomayor’s dissent as “inappropriate,” and rightly called out the court’s leading leftists.

    He suggested that Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from cases involving the administration because they are the ones who are biased.

    Kudos to President Trump for fighting back!

    The radical left has had a stranglehold over our courts for far too long.  Liberal judges have imposed radical policies on the American people that could not pass at the ballot box.

    President Trump and Vice President Pence understand this, and that is why they have made judicial nominations a top priority.  They also know that elections have consequences, and everything we care about is at stake this November.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: https://www.obamalibrary.gov/timeline/supreme-court-nomination-sotomayor

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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