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It’s traditional for the president-elect to visit the Supreme Court and meet with the available justices. Donald Trump, however, is anything, but traditional and Bloomberg reports that he turned down Chief Justice Robert’s invitation to visit the court prior to his inauguration.
A court spokesperson told Bloomberg that the meeting could not be arranged. Instead, Trump met Chief Justice Roberts at the Blair House for a “brief meeting.”
While this might seem like a small thing, According to BR Trump’s disregard for tradition could signal a potentially rocky relationship with the nation’s highest court. Of course, this isn’t the first time Trump has insulted Justice Roberts. During an interview with ABC News, he called Justice Roberts a “disaster.”
‘Cruz fought like hell to get Justice Roberts in there. Justice Roberts turned out to be an absolute disaster, he turned out to be an absolute disaster because he gave us Obamacare.’
Roberts’ decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act earned him the ire of many conservatives who saw his decision as a betrayal of their values. That being said, Trump may very well end up regretting his decision to insult Roberts. The Supreme Court is, of course, supposed to be neutral, but if, nothing else, members of the court might decide to delay their retirement until Trump is out of office solely to deny him an appointment.
That said, Trump does have at least one seat open to him — the one left vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. The newly-inaugurated president says he intends to announce his appointment in the coming weeks though some Democrats have vowed to fight the appointment even threatening to filibuster it.
The White House has not officially released any names, but Trump did mention a few names on the campaign trail. The two most prominent were William Pryor of Alabama and Diane Sykes of Wisconsin. Beyond that, Trump has said he intends to appoint conservatives in the vein of Scalia. If so, it’s likely that the Democrats will move to filibuster the appointment.
Aside from saying they would be in the vein of Scalia, Trump has given us a few more details regarding his potential Supreme Court nominees. He has said they will be conservatives who will be pro-life. That being said, it does not mean that a repeal of Roe v. Wade is imminent given the fact that the Supreme Court is reluctant to reexamine issues that have long been resolved.
Ultimately, Trump’s relationship with the court remains to be seen. While the court does try to remain neutral, it is a matter of historical fact that presidents and Justices have feuded over the years. FDR, for example, frequently accused the Supreme Court of undermining the New Deal.
Prior to his inauguration, President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden met with eight of the nine members of the Supreme Court. Justice Samuel Alito did not attend the meeting. As a senator, President Obama voted against his confirmation though there is no evidence that Alito’s absence was meant as a snub to President Obama.