Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor might not be as outspoken as her colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but she does have strong opinions about upcoming Donald Trump administration and she wasn’t afraid to share them on Tuesday in the Washington Post.
Ginsburg created controversy when in July, she told the New York Times, “I can’t imagine what this place would be—I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be—I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Well, barring an Electoral College miracle, those days are here. Ginsburg has said little since the election, but Sotomayor picked up where her liberal colleague left off, only a tad more diplomatically. When asked if she was apprehensive about last Tuesday’s election, Sotomayor told the Post:
“I’m going to demur from answering that question that way,” said Sotomayor, 62, a liberal nominated by President Obama in 2009. “I will answer it in a different way, which is I think that this is the time where every good person has an obligation both to continue being heard and to continue doing the right thing.”
She added, without saying Trump’s name: “We can’t afford for a president to fail. And it is true … that we have to support that which he does which is right and help guide him to those right decisions.
“But we can’t afford to despair, and we can’t afford to give up our pursuing of values that we and others have fought so hard to achieve. And so for me, this is a challenge. So I’m going to continue doing what I think is the right thing. That’s the challenge we all have to face.”
Sotomayor said she also looks forward to a ninth Justice finally being put in place after Antonin Scalia’s death in February. Republicans have been blocking hearings for President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, for months. Garland won’t get his hearing, ever, but you can guarantee that a Trump nominee will have smooth sailing through a GOP Senate.
Conservatives are not happy, even with the specifically non-inflammatory rhetoric:
— chill (@chiIIinois) November 16, 2016
— Moonbatsfor (@Moonbatsfor) November 16, 2016
Hmmm. Being “impartial” to the President isn’t in the Constitution. Perhaps the user means the type of impartiality Justice Samuel Alito showed President Obama when he mouthed “not true” during the 2010 State of the Union.
— SassyKat (@SassyCatyCat) November 16, 2016
Sonia Sotomayor completely unhinged as she bashes Trump election https://t.co/3MWJ3K6R2S
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) November 16, 2016
Sotomayor 'Can't Afford to Despair' – Hopefully we can sideline Sotomayor, Ginsberg and the other liberal idiot https://t.co/CzNYIk1mVn
— ?AmericaFirst? (@rod_burket) November 17, 2016
Ruth got into trouble opening her mouth…
— PENNSYLVANIA ❤ TRUMP (@TRUTH_USA_2016) November 16, 2016
This was in reference with her frustration with Scalia’s decision, which were undeniably harmful to the nation, to minorities and to women.
You have to feel a little empathy for Sotomayor. She’ll be one of just four Justices trying to hold this nation together. Republicans will be calling themselves Constitutional Constructionists, while attempting to overturn what has by now become settled law, such as Roe v. Wade and marriage equality. Hey, but Republicans get to keep all the military style assault weapons they can get their hands on (just like our Founders intended). In other words, Republicans, through the courts, will try to take us back to the days the Constitution was written – before women or People of Color even had the vote – with a little twist of Rambo.
Justice Sotomayor, you have an unenviable task ahead of you. May you live a very long and healthy life.
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