“Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” Trump tweeted after the immigration ruling that came three days after the court ruled against the administration in a LGBTQ rights case.
In another missive on social media, Trump said “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 also turned his tweets into an election pitch, saying “we need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
He appointed two members of the current Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – though Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion in the case granting federal job protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender workers.
Legal and political analysts said Trump is making these Supreme Court cases too much about himself.
“Maybe it’s the constitution,” tweeted Gen. Michael Hayden, a former CIA director.
Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson said the president always attacks institutions that don’t do what he wants: “Trump says cops are ‘dirty’ and ‘corrupt’ If they are investigating his crimes … Trump doesn’t believe in law and order. He only believes in loyalty to Trump.”
The Supreme Court has other cases remaining this term – including ones on whether prosecutors and members of Congress can get access to Trump’s financial records.