Chief Justice John Roberts -- making his first public comments since the US Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last term, triggering demonstrations across the country -- defended the legitimacy of the court Friday night while also acknowledging it had been "gut-wrenching" to drive into a barricaded high courtevery morning.
Roberts, without directly mentioning protests, said that all of the court's opinions are open to criticism, but he pointedly noted that "simply because people disagree with opinions, is not a basis for questioning the legitimacy of the court."
He said that it's the court's job to interpret the Constitution -- a task that should not be left to the political branches or driven by public opinion.
“It was gut wrenching every morning to drive into a Supreme Court with barricades around it,” he said.
In his remarks, Roberts also praised incoming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will be formally sworn in on Sept. 30. “She is going to be a wonderful justice,” Roberts said.
I didn't hear much squawking or see protesting when the more liberal Supreme Court, in 2007 ruled that the beneficial gas, CO2 was pollution to help give the fake green energy, fake environmentalist, fake climate crisis move based on junk science a huge shot in the arm.
Just more evidence that the court is political some of the time.