Trump rips off the Supreme Court as ‘nothing more than a political body’ after they ruled against him, even as he appointed 3 justices from the conservative majority


U.S. President Donald Trump greets U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (right) after his State of the Union address at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Feb. 5, 2019.Mandel Ngan/TBEN via Getty Images

  • The Supreme Court cleared the way for the release of Trump’s taxes to Congress on Tuesday.

  • Trump lashed out at the court in a series of posts on Truth Social on Wednesday.

  • Trump’s nominations confirmed the court’s 6-3 majority and led to the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Former President Donald Trump criticized the Supreme Court in a series of Truth Social posts after the Supreme Court on Tuesday denied his request to block Congress from obtaining his tax records.

“Why would anyone be surprised that the Supreme Court ruled against me, they always do! It’s unprecedented to hand over tax returns, and it sets a terrible precedent for future presidents,” Trump said in a message early Wednesday morning. “The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige and status and has become nothing more than a political body, for which our country is paying the price.”

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In follow-up posts, Trump repeated complaints about the court’s handling of the 2020 election and referenced reports of leaked opinions. In addition to leaking the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, a former anti-abortion leader recently claimed that the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision regarding birth control was also leaked.

He also accused the court of being “petrified” of Democrats and trying to be “politically correct” instead of “doing what’s BEST for the US.”

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s request to prevent his tax returns from being released to Congress. The move opened the door for House Democrats, who have been seeking the proceeds since 2019, to access the documents just as the party threatens to lose its majority in the House in January.

In defiance of tradition, Trump refused to release his tax returns when he ran for president in 2016. The House Ways and Means Committee asked the IRS to release his returns to them in April 2019, as it would disrupt the agency’s audit process examined.

Trump appealed to the Supreme Court to prevent the IRS from releasing his tax records to the House. The court gave no explanation for the rejection of the request and did not observe dissent.

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Recent polls show that confidence in the Supreme Court has reached an all-time low. However, the court is often regarded by many on the right as one of Trump’s greatest achievements. In his only term as president, Trump appointed three justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — strengthening the court’s 6-3 conservative majority likely for years to come.

The court’s new composition has resulted in major decisions that have been celebrated by Republicans and disapproved of by Democrats. Notably, the court overturned nearly 50 years of precedent by abolishing federal abortion rights, delivering on one of Trump’s key promises.

Supreme Court representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Chief Justice John Roberts and other members of the Supreme Court have continued to defend its legitimacy despite mounting criticism.

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