Like the United States, Russia has a Supreme Court with justices nominated by the president. Unlike in the United States, Russia’s court system is not independent. In the United States, there are three branches of government. In case you’re a Republican, like Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, those branches are congress, courts, and the presidency. They are equal branches.
Donald Trump never understood the separation of courts from the presidency. Before he was president (sic), he claimed a judge was unqualified to hear one of his lawsuit cases because that judge was “Mexican.” After he became president (sic) and a judge from a lower court halted his racist travel ban, Trump called him a “so-called judge.” He threatened to dismantle the 9th Circuit. He said “that’s not law” with one ruling as it came from an “Obama judge.”
Regarding the 9th Circuit, Trump said, “People should not be allowed to immediately run to this very friendly circuit and file their case…and you people know better than anybody what is happening is a disgrace, in my opinion, it is a disgrace what happens with the 9th Circuit.”
Trump also said, “The 9th circuit is something we have to take a look at because it is not fair.”
Vladimir Putin controls Russia’s courts by appointing goons and stooges he can control economically and politically. People get thrown off buildings in Russia for disagreeing with Putin. When the government presents evidence in a Putin court, it is taken as absolute fact without challenges. Trials in Russia are often held the day after the arrest. People go to jail for saying bad things about Vladimir Putin. Ask Pussy Riot. Russia’s courts put Alexei Navalny in prison for failing to die after being poisoned by Putin’s goons.
Russia’s constitution barred Putin from seeking a third term in 2008, so his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, ran for president and appointed Putin as his prime minister after he “won.” When Medvedev’s first term was over, he didn’t run for reelection. Instead, he nominated Putin as the party candidate. After Putin won the election, he re-installed Medvedev as prime minister. Medvedev spoke openly about their arrangement. Hee-hee, corruption is fun.
Putin is in his fourth term as president and he was scheduled to step down in 2024, but they fixed that. The Duma, Russia’s congress, passed legislation that allows Putin to serve two more terms. If Putin, who is 69 now, serves two more terms, he will be in office until 2036. Guess who signed the law allowing Putin to stay in power beyond his constitutional term limits? That was a rhetorical question but in case your name is Tommy Tuberville, it was Putin.
If Putin can usurp the Russian constitution and stay in power for three decades, don’t you believe he controls the courts?
This is why Trump loves authoritarians like Vladimir Putin (Nicknames: Pale Mouth, Botox, Pootie-Poot), Recep Erdogan (Modern Yazid), Rodrigo Duterte (Duterte Harry), Xi Jinping (Big Daddy Xi), Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (The Pimp), and Kim Jong Un (Kim Fatty III). They don’t have things like pesky constitutions giving them term limits, or at least not real ones, which Donald (Cheeto Hair Fuhrer) would love to have done away with.
Trump can’t appoint puppets to the courts unless the judges just agree to follow Trump out of some cultist adoration without any payoff. Judges aren’t congressmen. So the best Trump could do was to appoint goons like Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barret. Fortunately for Trump, the people he does control were the ones who put them on the Supreme Court. Yet, these three goons have each handed Trump losses, especially in regards to him stealing an election he lost and hiding evidence that he tried to steal that election. Trump wants what Putin has, a corrupt system. Despite all of Tiny McGrimage Gropenfuhrer’s efforts, we still have a court system independent of the presidency.
This is why it’s so refreshing to have Ketanji Jackson Brown as our next Supreme Court Justice, barring any disaster coming from the Senate. She will be an independent voice. She’ll make the court look more like America. She’s not a pick from the Federal Society. Unlike Neil Gorsuch, she’s not taking a stolen seat. Unlike Brett Kavanaugh, she’s never been accused of sexual assault or of boofing. Unlike Amy Coney Barrett, she’s not stealing a seat or a member of a religious cult.
Republicans are taking a few minutes away from focusing on repeating Russia propaganda to attack KBJ as being a “radical.” What’s so “radical” about her? I think for Republicans, the “radical” part is she doesn’t look like them.
Ketanji Jackson Brown has already issued a ruling against the Trump administration for her seat on the Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit. In that ruling, she wrote, “Presidents are not kings.”
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