Supreme Court Justices are supposed to hold their seats for lifetime appointments, but they can be removed under extraordinary circumstances.
And one Supreme Court Justice could potentially be impeached after he outraged conservatives with his jaw-dropping action late last month.
Conservatives have long distrusted Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush.
Most notably, Roberts saved Obamacare in 2012 by voting with Democrats on the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s highly controversial healthcare plan.
Ever since that case, Roberts has slowly shifted more towards the Left.
That was on full display again last week when he sided with the Supreme Court’s four liberal Justices and rejected a case from the Trump administration seeking to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Now, prominent conservatives are calling for Roberts to be impeached from the High Court.
American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp blasted Roberts’ decision last week and argued that he “lied” the the American people about the legality of Obamacare.
“Chief Justice John Roberts ‘fixed’ Obamacare and now he found an I significant excuse to allow those here illegally to help Dems keep the house majority. He lied to all of us and under oath in the Senate. It’s perfectly legal to ask citizenship ? on census,” Schlapp said.
Schlapp went on to urge Congress to impeach Roberts.
“I’m for impeaching the Chief Justice for lying to all of us about his support of the Constitution. He is responsible for Robertscare and now he is angling for vast numbers of illegal residents to help Dems hold Congress. Enough Deception from GOP judges on the Constitution,” Schlapp wrote.
Soon after Schlapp’s fiery comments, Fox News contributor Dan Bongino also ripped Roberts as a coward.
“John Roberts is terrified of the liberal op-ed columnists. They know they hold him captive. They can easily sway his opinions by issuing their “warnings” to him through their columns. He’s not a judge anymore, he’s a politician,” Bongino wrote.
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin also nuked Roberts.
“SCOTUS Justice John Roberts sides with open-borders Left. Supreme Court greenlights Soros-sponsored hijacking on US Census,” she wrote, including a link to a story about how left-wing billionaire George Soros is hijacking the U.S. Census.
The upshot of the census decision is that Roberts votes with the left to remand to the Commerce Department to provide a non-pretextual explanation for the question. For now, the question is out. It is unclear if there is enough time left to add it back in.
These prominent conservatives are certainly on to something.
The Trump administration attempting to add the citizenship question is a big deal, especially since Obama is the one that removed it shortly after he took office.
In 1911, the number of U.S. House of Representative seats was permanently set at 435, where all 50 states have at least one Representative to speak on their behalf.
Other Representatives are allocated based on population figures determined by the U.S. Census every ten years.
By including the question on whether an immigrant is in the U.S. legally or illegally, federal immigration authorities will be able to have updated data on how many illegal immigrants are in the U.S.
And given that a portion of immigrants likely won’t answer the citizenship question, states like California — who harbor illegal immigrants — may lose some federal funding for programs that assist immigrants.
If states report fewer immigrants, it could harm federal grants and funding they receive.
Democrats believe asking people to verify if they are authorized to be in the U.S. is unconstitutional and against federal law.
Liberals are upset because it will help federal immigration officials deport more illegal aliens and slash federal funding to states that shield illegal immigrants.
But now the Trump administration will have to represent its case at the lower court given Roberts sided with liberals.
Apparently Roberts thinks it’s against the law to ask someone if they are legally in the United States.