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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: Keep Protesting Trump!

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor encouraged the anti-Donald Trump protesters to keep on protesting Trump in a recent interview.

The Washington Post reports that Sotomayor was being interviewed by Bill Press at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill; Press asked her if she was “apprehensive” about Trump’s election to the presidency.

Sotomayor dodged the question by giving encouragement to the protesters.

“I will answer it in a different way, which is I think that this is the time where every good person has an obligation both to continue being heard and to continue doing the right thing,” Sotomayor responded. “We can’t afford for a president to fail. And it is true … that we have to support that which he does which is right and help guide him to those right decisions.

“But we can’t afford to despair, and we can’t afford to give up our pursuing of values that we and others have fought so hard to achieve,” Sotomayor continued. “And so for me, this is a challenge. So I’m going to continue doing what I think is the right thing. That’s the challenge we all have to face.”

Sotomayor basically said in a nuanced manner that the protesters need to keep their heads up and continue being heard – blatantly ignoring the fact that the anti-Trump protests have descended into violent riots. Will the media call on Sotomayor to denounce the violence at these riots?

This is par for the course when it comes to Sotomayor. She has been a reliable judicial activist ever since she was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Before then, Sotomayor made statements that fell in line with leftist ideology, such as: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life” and the “Court of Appeals is where policy is made.”

When she made the latter statement, Sotomayor immediately realized she made a Freudian slip and tried to walk it back by saying she didn’t condone it and that the court shouldn’t do that, but it was too late: she revealed her judicial activist philosophy:

“This is the time where every good person has an obligation both to continue being heard …”

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Yet she was still confirmed to the Supreme Court. Now Sotomayor is voicing support to the anti-Trump protests, revealing her partisanship yet again in a position that is not supposed to be political.