STATEMENTS ON SIGNIFICANT COURT DECISIONS
Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage):
8/14/2015: “Q: You say you would have liked the states, rather than the Supreme Court, to decide on gay marriage. Have you been to a gay wedding?
A: Yea, I have. [Broadway theater owner] Jordan Roth. You know Jordan, right? Great guy.
Q: So is this a dead issue for the GOP at this point?
A: Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it's not going to happen. Congress can't pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that's making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it.”10
1/31/2016: “I wish that [same-sex marriage] was done by the state. I don’t like the way they ruled. I disagree with the Supreme Court from the standpoint they should have given the state -- it should be a states’ rights issue. And that's the way it should have been ruled on, Chris [Wallace, FOX News host], not the way they did it.”11
King v. Burwell (Obamacare subsidies):
“Once again the Bush appointed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has let us down. Jeb pushed him hard! Remember!”12
“If I win the presidency, my judicial appointments will do the right thing unlike Bush's appointee John Roberts on ObamaCare.”13
Roe v. Wade (abortion rights):
1999: “I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I hear people debating the subject. But I still – I just believe in choice.”14 2011: “Q: Is there a right to privacy in the Constitution?
A: I guess there is, I guess there is. Why, just out of curiosity, do you ask the question?”15
Kelo v. City of New London (property rights):
“I think eminent domain, for massive projects, for instance, you're going to create thousands of jobs and you have somebody that's in the way—and you pay that person far more—don't forget eminent domain, they get a lot of money. And you need a house in a certain location because you're going to build this massive development that's going to employ thousands of people, or you're going to build a factory that without this little house, you can't build the factory. I think eminent domain is fine.”16
New York Times v. Sullivan (First Amendment):
"One of the things I'm going to do if I win. . . I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. . . .We're going to open up libel laws and we're going to have people sue you like you've never got sued before."17
United States v. Texas (executive immigration amnesty):
“Today's 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President. The executive amnesty from President Obama wiped away the immigration rules written by Congress[.]”18