Pence did not hold back during an interview with CBN News, as he specifically named Roberts in expressing the “disappointment” with the Supreme Court chief justice.
“We have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States but Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives,” Pence said when asked if Roberts had let down conservatives.
In June, Roberts sided with four liberal justices in a 5-4 ruling that struck down a Louisiana law that would have put restrictions on doctors who perform abortions, as IJR previously reported — a move that drew outrage from conservatives.
As The New York Times reported at the time, Roberts had “voted with the court’s liberal wing in three major cases: on job discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, on a program protecting young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and now on abortion.”
The vice president continued in listing out cases, as he said they show “just how important this election is for the future of the Supreme Court”:
“Whether it be the Obamacare decision or whether it be a spate of recent decisions all the way through Calvary Chapel. I think several cases out of the Supreme Court are reminders of just how important this election is for the future of the Supreme Court.Advertisement - story continues below
[…] The recent decision, and again, a narrow Supreme Court decision striking down a Louisiana pro-life law that only said that doctors working in abortion clinics would have to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. That’s a very modest restriction on abortion providers.”
Pence then said that Roberts’ moves are a “wake-up call for pro-life voters around the country who understand, in a very real sense, the destiny of the Supreme Court is on the ballot in 2020.”
Watch Pence’s interview below:
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Mike Pence calls out Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts by name. He says, "Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives." Watch from my interview with @VP in Florida today. Full report on @700club Thursday + clips on @CBNNews pic.twitter.com/z6IANVONr5
— David Brody (@DBrodyReports) August 6, 2020
The president tweeted about the list on June 18:
“I will only choose from this list,” Trump tweeted.
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