Support Just the News

Help Fund Honest Journalism


Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'disappointment to conservatives'

Roberts has cast deciding votes in several, recent Supreme Court cases that have disappointed conservatives

Updated: August 6, 2020 - 5:14pm

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook


Vice President Pence says Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is a "disappointment" to conservatives, following his votes on several recent high court rulings that have gone against conservative principles.

"We have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States, but Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives," Pence said in a clip from an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody. 

The full interview airs Thursday. Brody is also a Just the News contributor. 

Pence pointed to a "spate of recent decisions" in which Roberts, appointed in the Bush administration, has cast deciding votes, including one in the Calvary Chapel case last month, which went against a church seeking exemptions from Nevada's coronavirus restrictions. Pence also cited Roberts' 2012 vote upholding the Affordable Care Act. 

Roberts has become the court's swing vote in recent years. He has also sided with liberal justices in two major decisions extending protections against workplace discrimination to LGBTQ employees and blocking the Trump administration from rescinding an Obama administration policy that allows hundreds of thousands of young, illegal immigrants to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation, according to USA Today.


Just the News Spotlight