The president confronted Mr Roberts in a tweet on Thursday: “Roberts can say what he wants, but the 9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster. It is out of control”
Mr Trump continued on that theme in front of reporters at Mar-a-Lago, calling the court “a big thorn in our side” and said “judges or Congress need to do something to stop it”.
After a Thanksgiving Day call with members of the military, Mr Trump told reporters he “liked and respected” Chief Justice Roberts, but repeated his complaints about the ninth circuit, on which he said he had “shone some light”.
Earlier on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote that particular circuit has a “horrible reputation, is overturned more than any Circuit in the Country, 79%, & is used to get an almost guaranteed result”. According to data, the ninth circuit is not the most overturned, that distinction belongs to the sixth circuit based in Ohio.
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….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!
This is not true. For the period of 1999 to 2008, the ninth circuit did have a higher percentage of cases overturned by the US Supreme Court, but not now.
In the last few weeks, President Trump has ordered several thousand US troops to the US-Mexico border in anticipation of a migrant caravan containing thousands of people – many of them fleeing violence in their home countries – which had been slowly making its way from Central America, through Mexico.
“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!,” Mr Trump tweeted early on Thursday.
The caravan of refugees and migrants was a frequent topic for Mr Trump on the campaign trail ahead of the congressional midterm elections earlier this month. But Mr Trump had been relatively quiet on the subject until the latest spate.
The ninth circuit was the appeals court that ruled against Mr Trump’s controversial travel ban in 2017, the initial version of which banned travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries.
The president also hit out at the district court earlier in the week, tweeting: “Every case that gets filed in the 9th Circuit, we get beaten. And then we end up having to go to the Supreme Court, like the travel ban, and we won.”
He added it was a “disgrace” the ninth circuit, seen as the more liberal of federal district courts, would routinely rule against the administration.
The president has a history of lashing out at judges over their decisions. In 2016, the president referred to a judge who was presiding over a fraud lawsuit against Trump University as a “Mexican” as an insult.
He said US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born and raised in Indiana, would be unable to rule fairly because of Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexican border.
Mr Trump just successfully placed conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court after a controversial confirmation process during which Mr Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault when a teenager. Justice Kavanaugh denies the allegations.
Mr Kavanaugh’s confirmation followed Mr Trump placing another conservative judge – Neil Gorsuch – on the Court in 2017.
Given the fact that Mr Trump has solidified the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, several justices have spoken out about judicial independence and the danger of having the Court viewed merely as a political institution.
Source: The independent.