In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Vice President Mike Pence blasted Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts saying, “We have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States, but Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives.” Pence made the comments after Brody asked, “Are you scratching your head a little bit on John Roberts?”
The vice president pointed to Roberts’ 2012 vote upholding the Affordable Care Act and “a spate of recent decisions,” including the Calvary Chapel case last month, a 5-4 ruling that went against a church seeking exemptions from Nevada’s coronavirus restrictions.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by a Republican, has been a disappointment for his votes, on several narrow rulings that went against the outcome hoped for by conservatives.
But Pence is not the only one speaking out about Roberts, as President Trump decried some of Roberts’s decisions as “horrible” and “politically charged,” as well as “shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives.”
Also, Sen. Ted Cruz, (r-Tx) said from the Senate floor, “Chief Justice Roberts has been playing games with the court to achieve the policy outcomes he desires.” Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-Ar) also said in a tweet, “If Justice Roberts wants to be a politician, he should resign and run for office.”
In the CBN interview, Pence held up Roberts as a political siren call to remind Republican voters “just how important this election is for the future of the Supreme Court.” Pence said that “some people thought” the Supreme Court “wouldn’t be as big an issue these days.”
Pence said that was the reason Trump announced that he would produce a list of the candidates he would nominate to fill any potential Supreme Court vacancies ahead of the election.
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