President Trump lashed out at the Supreme Court on Thursday after being dealt a second major defeat this week, calling its recent decisions of DACA and LGBT workers’ civil rights “shotgun blasts into the face” of conservatives and questioning whether the high court “doesn’t like me.”
“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon. “We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
President Trump on Monday said his administration would “live with” the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay and transgender employees are protected by existing civil rights laws against employer discrimination, which his administration had argued against.
The Trump administration had argued on behalf of a group of employers in the case, arguing that the Civil Rights Act did not cover gay or transgender employees.
“I’ve read the decision, and some people were surprised,” Trump said. “But they’ve ruled and we live with their decision.
“That’s what it’s all about. We live with the decision of the Supreme Court,” the president said of the 6-3 decision, which sparked outrage among many conservatives in part because Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with the majority.
“Very powerful. Very powerful decision actually,” Trump added. “But they have so ruled.”
A set of cases that came before the court had asked the justices to decide whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of “sex,” applies to gay and transgender people.
Joined by fellow conservative Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s progressive wing, Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, Gorsuch issued a landmark 6-3 ruling that Title VII forbids employers from discriminating against workers because they are gay or transgender, paving the way for breakthrough employment protections for LGBTQ people around the country. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh, another Trump nominee, dissented from the decision.
“Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender,” Gorsuch wrote. “The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.”
Civil rights groups and LGBT advocates celebrated Monday’s landmark decision.