Long before she was a successful radio host, author and Editor-In-Chief of the conservative website LifeZette, Laura Ingraham clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In 2007, she described to Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor the impact Justice Thomas has had on her personally and professionally. “I think a lot of us who’ve gone through really dark moments in our own lives, we can take a huge amount of inspiration and encouragement from his candor and from his absolute perseverance in the face of unending criticism,” she explained.
So it would be beyond interesting to learn what Justice Thomas thinks about Ingraham’s current worldview, which includes, above all else it seems, a full-throated defense of Donald Trump–regardless of the circumstance. Ingraham was one of the earliest to recognize the power behind Trump’s nationalistic message and its appeal to the white, working-class voters that would eventually catapult him to the presidency. For that, she deserves credit.
But her seeming inability to ever find fault in any of the new president’s actions or words should be viewed skeptically, particularly when she weighs-in on matters of the judiciary–the branch of government where she got her start.
If you’ve just awakened from a coma, let me quickly bring you up to speed: President Trump has been relentlessly criticizing the judges who’ve delayed his Executive Order calling for a temporary halt in immigration from seven countries deemed hotbeds of terrorism. In a meeting with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday, Judge Gorsuch called Trump’s attacks “disheartening,” and “demoralizing.” In a tweet later that night, Ingraham expressed concern that Judge Gorsuch had spoken on the matter.
Judge Gorsuch’s comments abt @realdonaldTrump‘s tweets are concerning. Judges Pryor or Hardiman know better. Doesn’t bode well
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 8, 2017
Perhaps Ingraham is correct in that Judge Gorsuch should “know better.” But shouldn’t the president be held to the same standard by both his critics and supporters? What does Justice Thomas think of the president’s continual shots over the bow of the branch of government he represents, a branch of government co-equal to the presidency?
In all of this I’m reminded of a tweet I saw earlier this morning, laying out a new rule that we’d all be wise to agree to. 1. Trump is not ALWAYS wrong. 2. Trump is not ALWAYS right.
If we can somehow agree to that, maybe we can finally make some progress.