Donald Trump appointed three justices to the Supreme Court.
Conservatives are taking stock of those nominees.
Now Mike Pence realized Amy Comey Barrett let him down in one major way.
Mike Pence is trying to rebuild his political career and President Trump and a chunk of Trump’s base dismissed Pence as a future leader of the GOP for Pence not rejecting the certified results of the Electoral College on January 6.
Pence’s reboot continued with a speech before the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa hosted by influential social conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats.
Vander Plaats’ endorsement carries weight in Iowa – he’s endorsed the last three GOP Iowa Caucus winners – and Pence hoped to reconnect with the Christian conservatives that were once his strongest supporters.
Pence tried to rouse the audience to a standing ovation by including remarks in his speech about how the Trump administration saw over 300 justices confirmed to every level of the federal judiciary including three Supreme Court justices.
“We appointed more than 300 conservatives to our federal courts at every level, including Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and how about Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Isn’t she something?” Pence stated.
Vander Plaats told Fox News that Pence’s comments about the Supreme Court only received polite applause because conservatives feel let down by Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, both of whom voted with the left in key cases.
“I think they’ve been less than satisfied with Kavanaugh and even Amy Coney Barrett,” Vander Plaats stated.
Evangelical conservatives turned out in droves in 2016 thinking the fate of the Supreme Court hung in the balance after Antonin Scalia’s tragic death.
But Republican justices – like Barrett and Kavanaugh – did not return the favor.
“What I kind of believe you saw there was there’s been a lot of over-promising about if we get the Supreme Court, if we get the justices, watch out, they will rule with the Constitution, the original intent,” Vander Plaats added.
This term Barrett and Kavanaugh voted to uphold Obamacare, allow the government to continue to discriminate against religious liberty, and refused to hear a case about a Christian florist facing a lawsuit over not providing floral arrangements for a homosexual wedding.
Still, Vander Plaats said Christians held out hope that the next term – where the court is hearing major cases on abortion, the Second Amendment and affirmative action – would turn out better.
“I think most have a wait-and-see attitude. There’s been some disappointment but there have also been tremendous victories for religious freedom and there has not yet been a major abortion case yet. We shall see.” Vander Plaats added that Trump’s picks “are vast improvements over what we would have gotten from Hillary Clinton and may turn out to be quite good.”
But if Mike Pence hoped to jump-start his 2024 White House campaign by hanging his hat on the Supreme Court, he was sorely mistaken.
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