One of President-elect Donald Trump’s favorite punching bags, Chief Justice John Roberts, will swear him in as president during Friday’s inauguration.
Marcia Coyle at the National Law Journal put together a list of every time the president-elect has hurled aspersions at the chief, all of which carry a decidedly Trump-esque flair. They leave little doubt as to what Trump makes of his first decade on the high court. The Daily Caller News Foundation selected a few choice quotes to feature in advance of Friday’s events.
Trump’s criticisms of Roberts are primarily motivated by his rulings in two cases which upheld key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It is not clear what the president-elect believes about the chief justice beyond those two specific decisions.
“Looked Like A Dummy”
“I think that Roberts was reading the Washington Post and New York Times and he said, ‘I could come out like a hero if I do what everybody expects me not to do.’ I think he should be ashamed of himself,” Trump told CNBC.
“Interestingly, it’s reverberating the opposite,” he continued. “He looked like a dummy, because frankly his decision does not seem to be written by the supposedly smart man … the decision makes no sense to anybody that reads it.”
“Justice Roberts turned out to be an absolute disaster, he turned out to be an absolute disaster because he gave us Obamacare,” Trump told ABC News on “This Week.”
“Might As Well Call It Roberts-care”
“Justice Roberts gave us Obamacare. Might as well be called Roberts-care,” Trump said at a Republican primary debate in Houston, Texas. “Two times of the Supreme Court, Justice Roberts approved something that he should have never raised his hand to approve. And we ended up with Obamacare.”
Friday’s proceedings will be Roberts’s third inauguration.
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