Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for two liberal Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from cases involving him following a scathing dissent issued by one of them, blasting the justices as the court considers a number of cases critical to his presidency.
“I just don’t know how they can’t recuse themselves for anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related,” Trump said of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a trip to India.
“Her statement was so inappropriate when you’re a justice of the Supreme Court,” he said of Sotomayor, who was appointed to the court by President Barack Obama.
Friday night, Sotomayor castigated the government for repeatedly asking justices on an emergency basis to allow controversial policies to go into effect and charged her conservative colleagues on the court with being too eager to side with the Trump administration on such requests.
While Sotomayor’s dissent targeted the federal government — not The Trump administration per se — she was speaking about the recent uptick in emergency petitions concerning many of the President’s policies. And her criticism of her conservative colleagues was pointed.
Sotomayor wrote that granting emergency applications often upends “the normal appellate process” while “putting a thumb on the scale in favor of the party that won.” Targeting her conservative colleagues, she said “most troublingly, the court’s recent behavior” has benefited “one litigant over all others.”
Pressed by reporters on what Sotomayor said that was “inappropriate,” Trump replied, “She’s trying to shame people with perhaps a different view into voting her way and that’s so inappropriate, so let’s see what happens.”
The President also went after Ginsburg for going “wild during the (2016 presidential) campaign,” adding that she “later sort of apologized” for comments she made at the time.
In July 2016, Ginsburg extensively criticized then-candidate Trump as a “faker,” saying he has an “ego” and that the press “seems to be very gentle with him” on his decision to not release his tax returns. She later said she regretted making the “ill-advised” statements.
Ginsburg has not recused herself from Trump-related issues. Kathleen Arberg, the Supreme Court’s public information officer, said there would be no comment concerning Trump’s remarks about Sotomayor and Ginsburg.
Trump’s calls for recusal come as he has a lot at stake before the high court. The justices will issue opinions this term on the President’s personal bid to shield his financial documents and the government’s efforts to phase out an Obama-era program shielding around 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation.