Earlier this week, the administration endured another loss when the court handed down its ruling protecting gay, lesbian and transgender employees from being disciplined, fired or turned down for a job based on their sexual orientation.
Trump was less openly critical in the immediate aftermath of that verdict Monday, saying that “we live with the decision of the Supreme Court” and calling it a “very powerful, very powerful decision, actually.”
But the president seemed particularly stung Thursday by the outcome of the DACA case, which saw Chief Justice John Roberts join the court’s Democratic appointees in a 5-4 decision.
Roberts also sided with the court’s liberal justices Monday in the anti-discrimination case — as did Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, who authored the court’s majority opinion.
Trump has routinely touted his presidency’s rapid rate of federal judicial confirmations, including the hard-won installations of Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, to shore up support among conservative voters.
Following this week’s rulings, it remains unclear how the politics of judicial appointees will play out in Trump’s general election campaign, as he seeks to energize his base in the battle for a second term against former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.