Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) wondered why Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts decided to criticize President Trump over his comments about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, but did not do so when President Obama famously questioned a key decision in front of the justices.

Obama criticized the Supreme Court during his 2010 State of the Union address, in regard to their decision to side with Citizens United on campaign finance, while the members of the bench sat just feet away.

On Wednesday, Roberts responded to Trump, who criticized the Ninth Circuit and its "Obama Judge" Jon Tigar for ruling against his asylum ban.

Roberts, who was nominated by George W. Bush, told the AP the federal bench does not have "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges."


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"An independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for," Roberts said in a nod to Thanksgiving.

Responding on "Outnumbered," Duffy pointed back to the famous Obama remark that prompted Justice Samuel Alito to mouth the words "not true."

"John Roberts was pretty silent after being chastised by Obama," Duffy said, adding that he apparently "found his backbone and chastised Trump."

Julie Banderas said it is "pretty rare" for a Supreme Court Justice to criticize a sitting president.

Trump has previously ripped other members of the Ninth Circuit bench, calling Judge James Robart a "so-called judge" for ruling against his travel ban in 2017. 


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