Donald Trump’s controversial tweet lambasting James Robart as a “so-called judge” has inspired documentary filmmaker Michael Moore to label the chief executive a “so-called president.”
Moore tweeted: “Thank you, So-Called President Trump! I’ve been struggling for 2 weeks over what to call you, and your tweet here gave us the answer.”
Lots of other people had the very same idea and flooded #SoCalledPresident with snarky tweets.
Trump’s insulting language against Robart rattled legal experts who saw the attack as undermining an independent judiciary and sabotaging a regard for the law and legal authority. It raised a fear of a constitutional crisis should the president — or a federal agency — choose to ignore a court order. Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump on Sunday, saying he was simply “expressing frustration” at Robart’s order. “I don’t think he was questioning the legitimacy of the judge,” Pence told “Face the Nation” on CBS.
If it’s any consolation to Robart, Trump’s tweet places the judge in a large “so-called” family of Trump targets. A survey by the A.V. Club discovered that Trump has also referred to a “so-called carbon footprint,” the “so-called Commission on Presidential Debates,” the “so-called popular vote,” “so-called leaders,” the “so-called Obama years,” “so-called A-list celebrities,” and, of course, “so-called journalists.”
“So-called presidents” were mentioned Sunday by Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, who seemed a bit stunned by the language Trump used to refer to Robart.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t understand language like that,” Sasse said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We don’t have so-called judges. We don’t have so-called senators. We don’t have so-called presidents.”
He added: “We have people from three different branches of government who take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and it’s important that we do better civics education for our kids. So we don’t have any so-called judges. We have real judges.”