Trump Weirdly Blames Jeb Bush for John Roberts Nomination

Donald Trump is firing blindly again, making claims he can’t back up. During a speech this weekend, he strangely declared, with no evidence whatsoever, that it was Jeb Bush who pushed his brother George W. to nominate John Roberts to the Supreme Court. When asked to provide evidence, his campaign just attacked Bush again.

Distraught by last week’s Supreme Court decision that upheld Affordable Care Act subsidies, Donald Trump said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is responsible for influencing his brother’s appointment of Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court.

“If you think about it, Jeb Bush gave us Justice Roberts. He’s the one who pushed Justice Roberts,” Trump, a contender for the 2016 Republican nomination, said to an audience of about 200 at a Madison County Republican dinner over the weekend…

“Obamacare was dead, totally dead, then Roberts, in order to be popular in the Beltway, who knows, came in with a shocking decision,” Trump said.

Roberts, appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005, has now ruled in favor of Obamacare twice, including in the majority opinion of King v. Burwell, which preserved Obamacare’s tax subsidies…

When asked by The Huffington Post to substantiate the claim, Trump’s campaign only provided more criticism of Roberts.

“One of the many failings of both the Bush presidencies is their Supreme Court appointments,” Trump adviser Sam Nunberg wrote in an email.

“Justice John Roberts’ so-called jurisprudence has done tremendous damage to America,” he continued. “Both of his ObamaCare decisions reflect his political agenda and show a disdain for the notion of judicial modesty. Roberts promised to call balls and strikes from the bench. When he got on the field, he became a player and stole the ball.”…

Unsurprisingly, the Trump campaign stands by his statements, claiming the real estate mogul-turned-Republican presidential candidate’s experience in business would help him appoint judges that would not disappoint Republicans.

“Mr. Trump’s record in business shows that no one can fool him,” Nunberg said. “He will apply those same unique skills when selecting judges for the Court.”

It cracks me up that Trump is constantly claiming that his business acumen, which is vastly overrated to begin with, somehow gives him these superpowers that would apply to anything a president might do. He’s cut deals to make hotels, so obviously he would out-negotiate Iran. He’s a billionaire, so obviously he would defeat ISIS before his first lunch at the White House. It’s comically idiotic.

As for this alleged link between Jeb Bush and John Roberts, that’s simply absurd. John Roberts was at the very top of the short list of potential nominees for every conservative legal group in the country. Any Republican president would have had him as one of the top 3 or 4 potential nominees for a Supreme Court opening. He was considered a rock star of conservative jurisprudence, one of the new breed of conservative judges that could be counted on to remain conservative once on the bench. He sure as hell didn’t need Jeb Bush to promote his candidacy and there’s no evidence that he had any involvement in it at all.

This is typical Trump strategy though.

“Hurricanes are bad and they are all the fault of my opponent.”

“Uh, do you have any evidence that your opponent causes hurricanes?”

“Seriously, do you realize how terrible hurricanes are? They cause incredible damage.”

Yeah, but that wasn’t the question. Bluster, lie, rinse, repeat.

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  • Larry

    He’s blaming Jeb! How ridiculous. Everybody knows Robert’s is Obama’s fault.

  • busterggi

    Trump is only in it to make the other candidates look sane.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Trump’s right. If anything, he’s being too modest in his blind jabs. Jeb brought Roberts over the Florida/Mexico border with all those rapists.

  • carpenterman

    I wonder how many sensible, moderate Republicans out there (and yes, these people exist) might consider a run for the nomination, then look at the current pool of GOP candidates, consider the base they would have to try and appease, and just say, “Ugh, never mind. I’ll just open a lumber yard or something.”

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Laugh now. One of those clowns has to win the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, Clinton is being killed by a million cuts. They’ve got more than a year to sling shit. And it doesn’t matter whether it sticks; just having it reported week after week and her name used with Benghazi in the same sentence for 16 more months is all they need to do. It will turn off a lot of potential Democratic-ticket voters who, even if they don’t vote Republican, may end up just not voting at all. With the Republican base dying off rapidly by the day and their refusal to even pretend to give a shit about minorities, they’re going to have to work hard on significantly shrinking voter turnout. Also, putting voting precincts in every retirement home and mental institution to increase their base turnout.

  • colnago80

    Both of his ObamaCare decisions reflect his political agenda and show a disdain for the notion of judicial modesty. Roberts promised to call balls and strikes from the bench. When he got on the field, he became a player and stole the ball.

    Ah gee, Roberts is getting on in years and maybe he can’t see breaking pitches very well.

  • caseloweraz

    Distraught by last week’s Supreme Court decision that upheld Affordable Care Act subsidies, Donald Trump said…

    I think Trump was born distraught.

  • caseloweraz

    During a speech this weekend, he strangely declared, with no evidence whatsoever, that it was Jeb Bush who pushed his brother George W. to nominate John Roberts to the Supreme Court. When asked to provide evidence, his campaign just attacked Bush again.

    This is just campaign tactics. Bush is the front-runner right now, so Trump is out to knock him off the top spot in the polls.

  • dingojack

    You mean he wasn’t taught to be distraught?

    Dingo

  • Jared James

    There’s no evidence Trump was independently aware of the ACA ruling, much less that the Chief had any influence on it.

    Nor, for that matter, is there much evidence Trump is independently aware that socks go on before shoes.

  • colnago80

    By the way, the Donald claims that the skunk on top of is head is his real hair, not a hairpiece. If so, he is too cheap to go to a hair stylist.

  • Synfandel

    I don’t know whom The Donald would appoint to the Supreme Court, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he appointed his horse Consul.

  • Synfandel

    …the Donald claims that the skunk on top of is head is his real hair, not a hairpiece.

    We shall overcomb.

  • scott

    It can’t happen, but what I’d love to see is for all news media to just ignore Trump for a week, maybe two. Just to see what kind of maniac “LOOK AT MEEEEE” antics he’d get up to if pushed just a little.

  • xuuths

    trump is not a billionaire, merely a millionaire. He constantly lies about that, among so many other things.

  • jufulu

    IRC, the vote was 6-3 in favor of the ACA, how did Robert’s vote change the final result?

  • Loqi

    Roberts promised to call balls and strikes from the bench. When he got on the field, he became a player and stole the ball.

    Add baseball to the seemingly infinitely long list of things he doesn’t understand.

    Mr. Trump’s record in business shows that no one can fool him

    He seems to have fooled himself into thinking he’s something other than an embarrassment to real clowns. Perhaps Trump is so crafty that he can fool anyone, even Donald Trump, who is so clever that nobody, not even Donald Trump, can fool him.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Loqi “Add baseball to the seemingly infinitely long list of things he doesn’t understand.”

    Really? I thought his analogy was a slam dunk.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Come on, Ed. John Roberts voted for a decision that Trump hates and Jeb Bush is running against Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. The link between John Roberts and Jeb Bush couldn’t be more plain.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Donald Trump is a symptom, and an inevitable result, of Republican and libertarian deification of all things money. As long as worship of money and rich people is the foundation of Republitarian ideology, attention-hogging poseurs like Trump (and Forbes and Koch and…) will always be there to capitalize on it and present themselves as saviors from whatever evil the people are concerned about at any given moment; and the Republitarians will be mentally and ideologically unable to dispute him.

    The only way the Republitarians can debunk someone like Trump, is by pointing out what’s wrong with his actual business practices — and that would mean abandoning the automatic belief that people with money always act rationally and in the best interests of society as a whole. They’ll do that maybe one second before they deny that Jesus rose from the dead.

  • Numenaster

    “Mr. Trump’s record in business shows that no one can fool him,”

    Has anyone made up a quiz yet full of phrases like this for readers to guess which are about Trump and which are about Kim Jong Un?