Did you hear? According to the New York Times, “Trump calls Hearing on Immigration Ban ‘Disgraceful.’” If you look at the headline on the front page, we learn that “Trump Attacks Judiciary for ‘Disgraceful’ Hearing on Ban.”
Well, attacking the judiciary is the hallmark of an autocrat, so that’s bad. “Lashing out” seems even worse. Maybe it was taken out of context?
Not so, says the Times. Trump was talking about having watched the hearing and said:
“I listened to a bunch of stuff last night on television that was disgraceful,” Mr. Trump said. “I think it’s sad. I think it’s a sad day. I think our security is at risk today.”
Ahhhh, well that settles it. Trump definitely called “a bunch of stuff last night on television” disgraceful. What. A. Jerk.
But seriously, who attacks the judiciary? Only a monster would do that:
Days after the Supreme Court announced its opinion in 2010, the president warned about the dangers that “revers[ing] a century of law” would bring to our democracy by opening “the floodgates for special interests.” Last year, on the fifth anniversary of the decision, Obama (a former constitutional law professor and sitting president at the time of the decision) said that the “Citizens United decision was wrong, and it has caused real harm to our democracy.”
I have to take a moment to note the eventual (and doubly delicious) irony of the grassroots, small-money outsider (republican) whipping the big-spending, corporate big wig (democrat) and putting the lie to the whole ‘money in politics’ boogeyman.
More importantly, it reflects a recurring flaw in the Trumpsteria [Trumpolexia? Trumpoplectic is definitely a word I intend to use]. Whatever the demerits of Trump’s autocratic and disdainful style, the Democratic party just spent eight years reveling in disdainful autocracy. EO’s were Obama’s thing (although he wasn’t the first), and so was berating the judiciary when it didn’t go his way.
I mean, how do you simultaneously complain about a “stolen” SCOTUS seat, while bemoaning “attacks” on the court’s legitimacy? I guess the same way you take to the streets to protest violence, intolerance and fear, when it’s your team perpetrating most of the violence, intolerance and fear.