VP Mike Pence Blasts Chief Justice John Roberts: He’s Been a “Disappointment”

National   Steven Ertelt   Aug 6, 2020   |   9:12AM    Washington, DC

Vice President Mike Pence is not happy with Chief Justice John Roberts’ job performance — especially after the leader of the Supreme Court sided with its four abortion activists to overturn a Louisiana pro-life law saving babies from abortion.

Roberts joined the pro-abortion majority and issued his own opinion relying on Supreme Court precedent, saying that because the high court had struck down a Texas law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges so they can get urgent medical care for women injured by botched abortions, a similar Louisiana law should be struck down too.

And that was the law straw for Pence, who told CBN News that Roberts has been a “disappointment.”

In an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network [CBN], Pence was asked by David Brody whether he was “scratching his head a bit on John Roberts.” Pence responded in the affirmative.

Pence said: “Look, we have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States, but Chief Justice John Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives.”

“I think several cases out of the Supreme Court are a reminder of just how important this election is for the future of the Supreme Court,” he added.

“We remember the issue back in 2016, which I believe loomed large in voters’ decisions between Hillary Clinton and the man who became president of the United States and some people thought that would not be as big an issue these days but I think that’s all changed,” the vice president said.

Referring to the Louisiana case, Pence said Roberts couldn’t even get it right on a modest pro-life law that protest women’s health and “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 tells CBN News. “But a narrow majority in the Supreme Court still said it was unacceptable. I think it’s been 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.”

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Below is a transcription of the exchange between David Brody and Vice President Pence. 

David Brody: “Are you scratching your head a little bit on John Roberts? I mean, we’re not going to call him David Souter at this point, but conservatives have had a track record of having some problems with Supreme Court justices who thought we’re going to be a reliable vote. Or, at least when I say a reliable vote I’m just talking about adhering to conservative principles.

Vice President Pence: “Look, we have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States. But Chief Justice John Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives, whether it be the Obamacare decision or whether it be a spate of recent decisions all the way through Calvary Chapel. It’s a reminder and 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. We remember the issue back in 2016, which I believe loomed large in voters’ decisions between Hillary Clinton and the man who would become president of the United States. And some people thought that it wouldn’t be as big an issue these days. But I think that’s all changed. 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. But a narrow majority in the Supreme Court still said it was unacceptable. I think it’s been 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. And that’s why President Trump announced that he’s going to publish another list of men and women from which he will draw any future appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States. He did that in 2016. He kept his word. He’s going to do that in the fall of 2020. And in the next four years, he’ll keep his word and appoint more principled conservatives to our courts.”