Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to criticize President Donald Trump for his attacks on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and his claim that judges are partisan — while appearing to do the exact same thing.
Trump has been in a public back-and-forth with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who disagreed with Trump’s characterization of a judge as an “Obama judge.”
Schumer took to Twitter on Friday attempting to take Roberts side — but strangely in the same tweet accused Roberts of being a partisan judge.
“I don’t agree very often with Chief Justice Roberts, especially his partisan decisions which seem highly political on Citizens United, Janus, and Shelby,” Schumer wrote. “But I am thankful today that he—almost alone among Republicans—stood up to President Trump and for an independent judiciary.”
But I am thankful today that he—almost alone among Republicans—stood up to President Trump and for an independent judiciary.
Confused Twitter users replied in large numbers to point out what Schumer apparently couldn’t see — that the tweet was immensely hypocritical.
Schumer started the tweet by calling out Roberts for three specific partisan decisions, and in the next sentence credited Roberts for pushing back against Trump’s accusation that judges are partisan.
Trump was frustrated earlier this week that a federal judge blocked the administration’s attempt to deny asylum to anyone who enters the U.S. illegally. Trump called the judge, Jon S. Tigar of the Ninth Circuit, an “Obama judge.”
Roberts maintained that the judiciary remains independent of politics.
“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said Wednesday. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”
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