Trump Rips Roberts Over Obamacare Decision
Monday, 02 Jul 2012 01:02 PM
Real estate titan Donald Trump isn’t pulling any punches in his criticism of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for casting the deciding vote to uphold the healthcare reform law.
“It’s a disaster, and obviously it would have been better if it was knocked out, but Justice Roberts wanted to be loved by the Washington establishment,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” Monday. “And by the way, he is now loved, because the way they’re talking about him, it’s unbelievable. So he is a beloved man to the liberals and to the Washington establishment.”
Roberts justified the law’s requirement that individuals buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty by classifying the mandate as a tax. He also wrote that “we do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies . . . It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
Roberts was “extremely disloyal” in his decision, Trump said. “I only wonder what President [George W.] Bush must be thinking, as he was the one to put him in that position. “[Roberts] voted for it . . . politically. And he did it because he wanted to be loved by the establishment.”
Still, Trump said the Obamacare decision will provide a big boost for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Trump has worked hard on Romney’s behalf.
At a recent fundraising event held after the Obamacare ruling, Republicans were particularly excited about helping Romney, Trump said. “The energy in that room was five times greater than it would have been a month before,” he said. “It energized the Republican Party. It energized people that don’t want ‘Obamacare,’ of which there are many.”
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