“I think it’s, like, a 10% approval rating.”
“Of our three branches, the judiciary or the Supreme Court has one of the lowest approval ratings with the United States electorate,” Omar said during a virtual conversation about immigration with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
“I think it’s, like, a 10% approval rating,” Omar added.
Rep. Ilhan Omar: "Of our three branches, the Judiciary or the Supreme Court has one of the lowest approval ratings." pic.twitter.com/1G3Hm16lKr
— The Hill (@thehill) October 31, 2020
Contrary to Omar’s claim, Congress has the lowest approval rating among Americans, which lingers at a mere 18%, according to a Gallup poll published in July. The executive branch, personified in President Donald Trump, had an approval rating of 41%, according to the same poll, and the Supreme Court had an approval rating of 58%, which was its highest rating in more than a decade.
Some blasted Omar for her gaffe on social media, such as A.G. Hamilton, who wrote, “I realize Ilhan Omar has never been big on facts or reality, but this is the exact opposite of true. Great deal or a lot of confidence in institutions: SCOTUS – 40%, Congress- 13%, Presidency- 39%.”
Hamilton also cited an Emerson poll that showed Omar’s approval rating was far below that of the Supreme Court, tweeting, “In fact, Ilhan Omar herself has a -21 approval rating (25% favorable vs 46% unfavorable) […] While The Supreme Court has a +10 approval rating (53-43)[.]”
I realize Ilhan Omar has never been big on facts or reality, but this is the exact opposite of true.
Great deal or a lot of confidence in institutions:
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) October 31, 2020
During her speech following her recent swearing-in at the White House, Justice Amy Coney Barrett emphasized the importance of an apolitical judiciary that is not subject to the whims of public opinion.
As The Daily Wire reported, Barrett said in part:
I have spent a good amount of time over the last month at the Senate; both in meetings with individual senators and in days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The confirmation process has made ever-clearer to me one of the fundamental differences between the federal judiciary and the United States Senate, and perhaps the most acute is the role of policy preferences. It is the job of a senator to pursue her policy preferences; in fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside.
By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to them. Federal judges don’t stand for election, thus, they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people. This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government. A judge declares independence not only from Congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her. The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty; the rule of law must always control.
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