Even as Donald Trump complains that conservative causes are suffering from the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, some of the president’s left-leaning critics are interested in rolling back his most notable judicial successes. But according to one columnist, the president is entirely justified in fighting back.
Defending the president Wednesday, a writer for the Washington Examiner dismissed claims that Trump is abusing the court system through repeated emergency stays on lower court injunctions against his administration.
More than 100 state-level lawsuits
Trump has frequently spoken out against what he and his supporters see as obstruction from the bench in court decisions that oppose his agenda.
Nevertheless, The New York Times recently published a piece suggesting that the nation’s highest court has “enabled” the president to secure “less visible” victories by normalizing his issuance of emergency stays that allow his contested policies to remain in effect.
While the president has pursued emergency stays at a higher rate than his recent predecessors, he has also faced an increasing number of challenges in court, as Eddie Scarry wrote in the Examiner Wednesday.
Scarry reported that Trump has been named in more than 100 lawsuits originating within various states; former President Barack Obama faced just 78 during his entire eight years in the White House.
According to Scarry, Trump would be effectively ceding his executive powers to lower court rulings without his continued effort to impose emergency stays on those decisions.
“Shotgun blasts into the face”
Indeed, when it comes to major recent rulings by the Supreme Court, it is the president who has been sounding the alarm.
In a pair of decisions this week, justices ruled in favor of those arguing for LGBTQ rights and followed up by siding against the White House in the president’s challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection secured during the Obama administration.
Trump went on to muse that the court “doesn’t like” him and slammed a court ostensibly dominated by conservative justices.
“These horrible [and] politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” the president tweeted on Thursday. “We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment [and] everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
According to Fox, Trump also promised to release a revised list of conservative candidates for future vacancies. Many conservatives cite judicial appointments as a reason to support the incumbent Republican, and such a move could give these voters another reason to turn out in support of his re-election.