Roberts, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, also joined his Democrat-nominated colleagues two weeks ago when the court rejected a Nevada church’s request to block the state limit on religious service participants during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pence argued Wednesday that those decisions “are a reminder of how important this election is to the future of the Supreme Court.”
“We remember the problem in 2016, which I believe loomed heavily in voter decisions between Hillary Clinton and the man who would become president of the United States,” he said. “And some people thought it wasn̵
The vice president specifically cited the June court ruling repealing a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admission privileges at local hospitals, which critics say could have forced all but one of the state’s abortion providers to close. .
“This is a very modest restriction for abortion providers, but a narrow majority in the Supreme Court still said it was unacceptable,” Pence said. “And I think it was a wake-up call for pro-life voters across the country who understand, in a very real sense, the fate of the Supreme Court is in the ballot in 2020.”
The court’s public information office did not immediately respond to Roberts’ request for comment on Pence’s interview.
Following the court’s rejection of his attempt to end the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for an estimated 650,000 immigrants, President Donald Trump pledged in June to unveil a new list of potential judges ahead of the general election of November.
The president’s announcement was in retaliation for a campaign tactic that helped him bolster Conservative support during his 2016 White House run, when he released a list of candidates he said he would consider nominating. to the Supreme Court in an attempt to win over evangelical voters.
Since taking office, Trump has routinely touted the rapid rate of judicial confirmations of his presidency – including the hard-won installations of Neil Gorsuch and Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the High Court – to stimulate his base in public remarks and political demonstrations.
But it was Gorsuch who sided with Roberts and the court’s Democratic appointees in the LGBT anti-discrimination case in June, author of the majority ruling to protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from being disciplined, fired or rejected for a job. based on their sexual orientation.