Chief justice corrects Trump over “Obama judge” slur

Nov 22, 2018, 3:56 AM EST
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday delivered a rare rebuke to President Donald Trump after he branded a jurist, who recently blocked his asylum policy, as an “Obama judge.”

Chief Justice Roberts said, “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” writes the BBC. The stern statement, however, didn’t stop Trump from insisting on Twitter that the Republican-appointed leader of the federal judiciary was wrong and that rulings by “Obama judges” are compromising America’s security.

Trump, who has a history of lashing out at federal judges, was enraged after U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco temporarily scrapped the president’s new asylum policy, which he ruled, conflicted with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, reports Al Jazeera.