DES MOINES, Iowa – It was a line that you would expect to receive thunderous applause.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, addressing a crowd of some 1,200 evangelical activists attending the annual leadership summit of Family Leader, a leading social conservative organization in the nation’s premier presidential caucus Iowa touted the Trump administration’s success in shifting the federal bench to the right.
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“We have appointed over 300 Tories in our federal courts at all levels, including Judge Neil Gorsuch, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and how about Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Isn’t she something?” Pence told the audience.
The former vice president’s comment received polite applause, but there was no standing ovation.
Pence was the last great speaker at the one-day conference, and the audience might be tired. But the reaction may also be further evidence that Social-Conservative voters are disappointed to this day with what many may see as a failure on the part of the three Supreme Court justices appointed to the High Court by President Trump from the United States. ‘time.
With the promise to fill federal courts with conservative judges, evangelical voters ignored Trump’s many controversies and overwhelmingly supported him in his victory in the 2016 presidential election and his defeat in the 2020 re-election.
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And Trump – with major help from then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – kept his promise. The confirmation from Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett changed the balance of power in the Supreme Court to a 6-3 majority for the Tories. But a high court dreaded by the Liberals and celebrated by the Conservatives failed to deliver the expected results, leaving some on the right to feel disappointed.
Family Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats told Fox News he was not surprised Pence “got some kind of golf slap, not roaring applause.”
Vander Plaats said “there is no doubt” that the grassroots of his organization are frustrated. “I think they were less than happy with Kavanaugh and even Amy Coney Barrett.”
“What I believe you saw there is that there have been a lot of over-promises about getting to the Supreme Court, if we get the judges, be careful, they will rule with the Constitution. , the initial intention, “he said.
The Conservatives did not like some key decisions during the Supreme Court session that just ended. Among these opinions: The High Court did not scuttle the Affordable Care Act, better known to many Americans as ObamaCare, which has been a long-standing goal of the GOP. The court also ruled in favor of a transgender student who did not want to use a school toilet assigned to his gender at birth, a lightning rod issue among many conservatives.
And while the court ruled that a Catholic social service agency in Philadelphia could defy city rules by refusing to work with same-sex couples who requested foster children, there was disappointment in the narrowness of opinion. Following the ruling, three conservative Supreme Court justices – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Gorsuch – apparently criticized Barrett and Kavanaugh for being too shy.
The court also earlier this month refused to appeal a Washington state florist who refused to make a flower arrangement for a same-sex couple due to religious concerns over marriage between persons of the same sex. same sex.
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The former president is also anything but satisfied.
“I am very disappointed. I fought very hard for them, but I was very disappointed with a number of their decisions,” Trump told Real America’s Voice network presenter David Brody last month after the ObamaCare decision.
And Tory commentator, media host and author Ben Shapiro told Fox News last week that “so far we have seen little of Barrett or Kavanaugh to justify the Tories’ high hopes for them.”
While there is disappointment, evangelicals note that the Supreme Court has yet to hear a major abortion case under the conservative 6-3 majority.
But that will change soon, as the High Court announced in May that it would take up an abortion rights case the next term, which is seen as a major challenge for Roe v. Wade, the landmark decades-old Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Judges will say they will hear Mississippi’s appeal against lower court rulings overturning a state ban on all abortions after 15 weeks except medical emergencies or serious fetal abnormalities. The case will likely be heard in court in the fall, with a decision expected in June of next year.
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A senior National-Conservative political leader, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, said the final verdict on Trump’s Supreme Court candidates was far from written.
“I think most have a wait and see attitude. There has been some disappointment, but there have also been huge victories for religious freedom and there has not yet been a major case of abortion. see, “said the leader, adding that Gorsuch, Cavanaugh and Barrett” are vast improvements over what we would have gotten from Hillary Clinton and could turn out to be quite good. “
Vander Plaats agreed, stressing that “the verdict has not been delivered. There are probably a lot of cases which are probably going to court and which we will be watching very closely.”
Pointing to the upcoming Mississippi case, he said that “we think it’s a good sign that (the judges) will have the voices to start undermining the validity of Roe v. Wade.”
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