Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett — along with fellow Trump appointee Brett Kavanaugh — has been attacked by Former President Donald Trump for upholding Obamacare after Republican-led states challenged its legality, according to The Washington Times.
Trump said that while he was frustrated that the majority conservative nine-panel court that was occupied by three of his nominees didn’t overturn his predecessors’ policy, he didn’t regret his picks for the court.
“I am very disappointed. I fought very hard for them, but I was very disappointed with a number of their rulings,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with “Real America’s Voice.”
On whether he would choose differently if he had it to do over again Trump said, “Second-guessing does no good, but I was disappointed with a number of rulings that they made.
Trump’s frustration was not unexpected, however, the 7-2 ruling would have been unlikely to go in another direction, even if the two Trump nominees had chosen to side against the healthcare plan.
Conservatives hoped that the Republican-led states might be successful in appealing with the court to overturn the “socialist” healthcare plan, however, Chief Justice John Roberts lead the majority in upholding the mandate put in place in 2012.
“At first blush, this decision is a slap in the face to every single American who fought to create a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. The only thing that gives me pause is Clarence Thomas joining Roberts in the majority, as he has been a consistent standard-bearer for constitutional liberties and limited government,” said Rick Manning, president of the conservative Americans for Limited Government.
“This court cannot be depended upon when it comes to overturning legislative abuses of power. As originalists, the Trump appointees will find a way to defer to Congress in a vast majority of cases regardless of the specific legislation under consideration,” he said.
However, legal director with the liberal Alliance for Justice Dan Goldberg said that if Trump’s hope was to undue progressive wins, he has succeeded in that, pointing to rulings against cases like Abortion and LGBTQ rights:
“If Donald Trump’s goal was to put on the bench individuals who were going to turn back the clock on our rights and legal protections, he is succeeding.”