Since taking his seat as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, every time John Roberts has ruled in a way the right doesn’t like, he’s declared a traitor. It began with his Obamacare ruling and the latest is his ruling in the citizenship question case, where he didn’t even rule against them, he just remanded it to a lower court for more consideration of a specific aspect of the case.
In a narrow 5-4 ruling, Roberts held that the Commerce Department had not provided an honest rationale for instituting the question, violating the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, and needed to present a more truthful one. The Commerce Department had publicly claimed the question was needed to help enforce the Voting Rights Act, but a wealth of evidence suggests that the true reason was to drive down participation among Hispanics and help Republican politicians garner more favorable voting districts.
Indeed, many of the attacks on Roberts following the ruling were for showing insufficient fealty to the needs of the Republican Party…Dobbs set the tone for the evening’s show, in which the virulently anti-immigrant host and his array of Trumpist guests wildly lashed out against Roberts. The program’s highlight was former White House aide and unhinged would-be serial villain Sebastian Gorka’s declaration that the chief justice’s opinion rendered him a “traitor to the Constitution.”
Others chimed in with similar attacks:
I’m for impeaching the Chief Justice for lying to all of us about his support of the Constitution. He is responsible for Robertscare and now he is angling for vast numbers of illegal residents to help Dems hold Congress. Enough Deception from GOP judges on the Constitution.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) June 27, 2019
Roberts votes as a traditional conservative 99% of the time, but 99% isn’t enough for the wingnuts. They demand absolute purity. They will soon be turning on Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, who have already shown disagreements among them and a tendency to buck the expectations at least every once in a while.