In his three years as President, Donald Trump has appointed a record number of federal judges to the bench—an achievement that will almost certainly be the longest-lasting consequence of his tenure in office.
Two of those appointments were Supreme Court Justices.
The Republican Senate held a Supreme Court seat vacant for a year, denying President Barack Obama his right to appoint a Justice, instead giving that right to Obama's successor, Donald Trump, and helping secure a Republican majority on the highest bench in the land.
So, naturally, Trump's worried that the Democrats have stacked the odds against him.
Trump went on a bizarre Twitter rant against Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor on Monday night.
Trump appeared to reference a dissent Justice Sotomayor wrote accusing Conservative-appointed Justices of being too acquiescent to the Executive Branch. He also alluded to critical comments made by Justice Ginsburg during the 2016 campaign, for which Ginsburg apologized.
Trump called upon the Justices to recuse themselves from all "Trump, or Trump related, matters!"
If Trump was setting that expectation, people replied, then his judicial appointees should be held to the same standard.
LOL, if this were the way we did things then Kavanaugh and Gorsuch should recuse themselves from every case until t… https://t.co/728WxDReNf— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1582637180.0
Clarence Thomas’s wife is working with Trump to purge disloyal staff. Neil Gorsuch only has a job because Trump an… https://t.co/cGpaJOIyRw— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1582640186.0
@realDonaldTrump Dude, you have disgustingly influenced sentencing recommendations. You disgustingly influence the… https://t.co/dxhOkS1pPm— HawaiiDelilah™ -- Fully Vaxxed -- (@HawaiiDelilah™ -- Fully Vaxxed --)1582604663.0
Ok, this man is simply ccrazy. So, if you are concerned about how people may rule, ask them to recuse? Ok, I want… https://t.co/C9rUBo02JM— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1582644157.0
SC Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh must recuse for any decisions regarding Trump or the Trump Administratio… https://t.co/mVuD1sArDx— Heather Ciavotto (@Heather Ciavotto)1582643097.0
Donald Trump is calling for Supreme Court Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor to recuse themselves from cases involving… https://t.co/6lqQALCbYg— Middle Age Riot (@Middle Age Riot)1582645357.0
The Supreme Court will soon take up cases concerning the President—including a case that could force the release of his long-sought tax returns.
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