President Donald Trump swamps himself in petty political attacks on the nation and world’s most venerated institutions and ideals day after day — and tweet after tweet. Wednesday, after facing criticism from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts over his antagonism of the nation’s judiciary, he posted repeated attacks on the judiciary and Roberts to Twitter — because that’s the point where we’re at these days, apparently. The president of the United States is posting Twitter attacks on the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
‘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. It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an “independent judiciary,” but if it is why are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned. Please study the numbers, they are shocking. We need protection and security – these rulings are making our country unsafe! Very dangerous and unwise!’
He soon after added an angry jab at “judicial activism.”
Roberts had previously taken issue with Trump’s dismissal of California Federal District Judge Jon Tigar as an “Obama judge” after he ruled against the president’s aim to block asylum claims from immigrants who enter the U.S. places other than designated ports of entry.
Trump had utilized that effort as a weapon in his ongoing campaign against “caravans” of migrants making their way to the U.S. through Central America who he’d characterized as an invasion, but Tigar asserted the president could not rewrite immigration law through executive order.
In response to the president’s subsequent anger, Roberts asserted — in his first apparent public comments against the president, ever — that the United States does not have judges who should be thought of as in distinct categories thanks to who appointed them. All judges deserve respect as a rule, he asserted.
Trump took an issue with that, but he based his argument on yet another round of cherrypicked facts twisted into a bunch of nonsense.
Politifact explained in response to a previous claim against the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — which would be the next stop for the case Tigar ruled in after a Trump administration appeal — that in reality, there’s nothing that remarkable about the reversal rate of Ninth Circuit decisions that go before the Supreme Court.
To begin with, a small minority of only the most contentious cases only go before the Supreme Court in the first place. Of those coming from the Ninth Circuit between 2010 and 2015, around 79 percent were reversed, which places the circuit third in the nation in terms of appeals court ruling reversals.
That’s all. Just third.
When considering the number of reversed cases both in terms of the well over 100,000 cases the Ninth Circuit heard between 1999 to 2008 and the number of cases the Supreme Court has dealt with, the reversal rate becomes utterly minuscule.
But Trump keeps ranting on and on anyway.
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