Kellyanne Conway’s lawyer husband went head-to-head with President Donald Trump on Thursday, this time in his defense as Trump lashed out at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — again.
George Conway, a conservative Republican who doesn’t usually defend court rulings, accused Trump of using “misleading” statistics to attack the Ninth Circuit.
Trump slammed the court as a “total disaster” in a tweet on Thursday, calling it “a thorn in our side” in a phone call with the military and later telling reporters that a “does nothing about it”. Known judge made ‘ridiculous ruling’ against its immigration asylum strike.
A day earlier, he blasted the court, saying its rulings had been “overturned more times than any circuit court in the country, 79 percent.”
In a tweet, Conway noted that an average of 74 percent of all court decisions reviewed by the Supreme Court last year were overturned. That rate is usually high, he said, because the Supreme Court typically chooses to hear cases where it is more likely to overturn decisions.
He added that the number of overturned cases was higher on the Ninth Circuit because the court is “by far” the largest in terms of the size of proceedings and the number of judges. The court covers one-third of the country — nine states and two territories — with one-fifth of the nation’s population.
Among the nation’s 13 appellate courts, the 9th Circuit ranked third in the percentage of cases dismissed by the Supreme Court from 2010 to 2015, according to an analysis by PolitiFact, according to statistics recorded by the Supreme Court.
The 6th Circuit (serving Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) had an 87 percent reversal rate from 2010 to 2015. The 11th Circuit (serving Alabama, Florida and Georgia) had an 85% reversal rate during that period. The 3rd Circuit (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands) had a 78 percent reversal rate — 1 percentage point behind the Ninth Circuit’s record.
Trump’s unprecedented presidential frenzy on the 9th Circuit comes after U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar — appointed by President Barack Obama — issued an interim order preventing the government from barring those who entered the country illegally from seeking asylum Bombing. The Ninth Circuit has not been asked to rule on Tigar’s decision.
Chief Justice John Roberts defended the Ninth Circuit after Trump’s attack, saying “an independent judiciary is something we can all be thankful for.”
Trump responded by citing Fox News’ figure of 79 percent.