Mara-A-Lago, FL — During his Thanksgiving call to the US troops, President Donald Trump made a curiously off-topic comment to Col. Daphne Bayes stationed in Afghanistan that he is considering lowering the retirement age of Judges to 58.
“We get a lot of bad court decisions from the Ninth Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side,” Mr. Trump said of the federal appellate circuit most often targeted for derision by conservatives. “It’s a terrible thing when judges take over your protective services, when they tell you how to protect your border. It’s a disgrace. So we’re planning on reducing the retirement age to 58. That oughta fix it.”
Apparently the President got the idea from the Polish government which attempted to oust many of its top Judges by reducing the retirement age. This then forced them out of office. Many activists referred to this action as a dangerous right-wing purge of the court by the increasingly authoritarian government.
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“The President believes we need a fresh start in our courts,” said presidential advisor KellyAnne Conway making a rare appearance on This Morning on MSNBC. “Obama stacked the courts with liberal judges. And many of them are older and out of touch. So the president is giving them a great deal. They can go off and write books or something.”
Supporters say making retirement mandatory is akin to term limits for elected government officials. However critics say it is a brazen authoritarian move that violates many aspects of the Constitution. Any attempts to alter the Constitution by executive would result in numerous lawsuits, which is what conservative activists say was the plan all along.
“The President is pushing the boundaries again,” said Bethany Millbright representing People for the Democratic Way, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. “Everyone knows this is unconstitutional, but this will play well to Trump’s base and Republicans who have this fantasy that the courts are biased. It’s only biased when they don’t get the rulings they don’t like.”
Congressional Republicans avoided reporters when asked about the President’s statement. Several Democrats said, without asking, that impeachment was off the table.