When Donald Trump saw Republicans confirm Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the President thought he cemented a conservative majority on the bench.
But one Justice’s big change scrambled all those calculations.
And Donald Trump just got some insanely bad news about the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice John Roberts is now the Supreme Court’s swing vote.
This reality leaves a pit in the stomach of conservatives.
Roberts proved himself to be a RINO squish when he cast the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare’s individual mandate by rewriting the law to change what was clearly defined as a penalty to a tax in order to conjure up constitutional justification to keep this tyrannical act on the books.
And once again, this past June the Chief Justice jabbed a knife in the back of the President and his supporters.
Oral arguments in a case over whether or not the Trump administration could add a question about citizenship to the census seemed to foretell the court’s five conservative justices ignoring the partisan and baseless claims made by liberal activists and upholding the administration’s ability to add a citizenship question to the census.
During the oral arguments, Roberts even stated the historical fact that past censuses contained the citizenship question.
But CNN reports that after initially voting to uphold the question, Roberts changed his mind.
Instead, Roberts joined the court’s four liberals and ruled against the administration.
CNN exclusively reported:
Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote against President Donald Trump’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but only after changing his position behind the scenes, sources familiar with the private Supreme Court deliberations tell CNN…
…After the justices heard arguments in late April, Roberts was ready to rule for Ross and the administration. But sometime in the weeks that followed, sources said, Roberts began to waver. He began to believe that Ross’ rationale for the citizenship question had been invented, and that, despite the deference he would normally give an executive branch official, Ross’ claim had to matter in the court’s final judgment, which Roberts announced on June 27.
This was a massive win for the left.
No citizenship question means legislatures in blue states can count illegal aliens as part of the population to redraw their state legislative and congressional district maps to eliminate Republican districts and new districts that only Democrats can win.
Much like in the Obamacare case where Roberts held the individual mandate did not pass legal muster under the commerce clause but still upheld the mandate anyway under Congress’s taxing authority, Roberts handed the right an empty, rhetorical victory.
Roberts ruled that the citizenship question could be added to the census and that court should not second guess the administration when they lay out the rationale for what legal grounds they claimed backed up their policy choices.
But these words did the administration no good.
The ruling came late in the Supreme Court’s term and the printing deadlines for the census already passed.
Roberts’ betrayal on the census case – which many believe was executed so Roberts could court elite liberal opinion in the media and academia – showed President Trump does not have a five justice majority on the Supreme Court.
In some cases Roberts will vote with his fellow Republican appointees.
But in other matters before the court Roberts will weigh the political calculations and cast his vote based on how they will be perceived by liberal reporters and historians.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.