The honeymoon may be over between social conservatives and the newest members of the United States Supreme Court appointed by former President Donald Trump.
Axios points to an anecdote that makes the matter clear: Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the annual Family Leadership Summit, a leading socially conservative organization in the vital state of Iowa.
Pence praised the Trump administration’s track record of appointing conservative judges at every level.
“We have appointed more than 300 conservatives to our federal courts at every level, including Judge Neil Gorsuch, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and how about Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Isn’t she what?’
What he got from the audience were crickets.
— Lyle Muller (@LyleMuller) July 17, 2021
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Social conservatives unimpressed
With the appointment of Judge Amy Comey Barrett following the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg last fall, conservatives were elated that the nation’s highest court would be a right-wing — or so they thought.
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Bob Vanderplaats, president and CEO of The Family Leader, said in an interview with Fox News that he was not surprised by the “wave blow” Vice President Pence received when naming Supreme Court justices.
He said, “I think they were less than happy with Kavanaugh and even Amy Comey Barrett.” He added,
“What I kind of believe you saw there was way too much was promised if we get the Supreme Court, if we get the judges, watch out, they will rule with the Constitution, the original intent.”
SCOTUS judges Alito & Thomas are already publicly warning conservatives that Barrett & Kavanaugh are “lack of fortitude” and “unwilling to bear the criticism” that comes with making conservative decisions.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) July 16, 2021
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Some questionable decisions
Among some of the decisions of the recently concluded session that have disappointed conservatives, the court failed to put the final nail in ObamaCare’s coffin, something that has been the target of the GOP for some time.
The court also delved into transgender rights, ruling in favor of a transgender student who wanted to choose their bathroom.
In what may have been the ultimate sting for conservatives, in December the court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas to quash election results in four battlefield states where electoral laws were changed by governors or bureaucrats rather than state legislators, as mandated in the Constitution.
While the court did not comment on the possibility of electoral fraud or the legitimacy of the election, the court only said Texas had no right to take the case.
President Trump himself has also expressed his displeasure. During an interview with Real America’s Voice Network, he said: “I am very disappointed. I fought very hard for them, but I was very disappointed with some of their statements.”
In fairness, the court got some high marks. In a free speech case, the court ruled that a school cannot reprimand a cheerleader for using profanity off-campus. It also enforced the Arizona practice of disqualifying ballots cast in the wrong district, even if cast by accident.
But the court appeared to be hearing another case involving religious rights and same-sex couples. Barronelle Stutzman is a Christian florist based in Washington State. She has been fighting for her religious rights for a decade after refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding as it would violate her religious beliefs.
After the Washington Supreme Court convicted her twice, the Supreme Court refused to hear her case and protect her rights.
How often did conservative judges join liberals during this Supreme Court period?
-via NY Times
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 13, 2021
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Liberals trying to catch up
In an effort to ensure the court is not lost to conservatives for a generation, liberals and progressives have pressured Judge Stephen Breyer to resign. After Ginsburg’s death, Breyer became the liberal court judge.
Breyer, a Clinton appointee, has been serving on the court for 27 years, turning 83 in August. There are even Democratic members of Congress who have called on Breyer to resign so that President Joe Biden can appoint a younger, possibly more liberal, judge for the court may appoint.
However, much to the dismay of the left, Breyer says he has no intention of stepping down.
NEW: President Trump talks @DBrodyreports that he is “very disappointed” with Amy Comey Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh over the SCOTUS Obamacare ruling. “I fought very hard for them.”
— Real America’s Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) June 21, 2021
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