President Donald Trump blasts Chief Justice John Roberts and the federal courts on twitter.
“Justice Roberts can say what he wants, but the 9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Judges must not Legislate Security …and Safety at the Border, or anywhere else. They know nothing about it and are making our Country unsafe. Our great Law Enforcement professionals MUST BE ALLOWED TO DO THEIR JOB! If not there will be only bedlam, chaos, injury and death. We want the Constitution as written!”
Trump and Roberts exchanged comments on Wednesday after the justice rebuked the president for slamming a federal judge appointed by former President Obama who ruled against his asylum ban.
Trump ripped the federal district court judge who issued the ruling, Jon S. Tigar, as an “Obama judge,” bashed the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, even though Tigar sits a level below the federal appellate tier, and generally argued that the judiciary both has no role in maintaining national security and is endangering America through its rulings.
The characterization of Tigar as an “Obama judge” clearly got under the skin of the chief justice, who, for the first time, pushed back on Trump.
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts told the Associated Press Wednesday. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”
And, he added, “the independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”
On Wednesday President Trump initially responded to that.
“Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have ‘Obama judges,’ and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country,” Trump wrote on twitter.