According to Omar, the Supreme Court has the lowest approval rating of all the branches of the federal government.
Omar seems to imply that this is because of Amy Coney Barrett’s recent confirmation into the Supreme Court.
But now, Ilhan Omar told one jaw-dropping lie about Amy Coney Barrett.
“Of our three branches, the judiciary or the Supreme Court has one of the lowest approval ratings with the United States electorate,” Omar said during a virtual conversation about immigration with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI). “I think it’s, like, a 10% approval rating.”
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
According to a Gallup poll published in July, Congress actually has the lowest approval rating thus far, which hovers at a measly 18%.
Next is the executive branch – represented by Donald Trump – which has a 41% approval rating.
And according to the same poll, the Supreme Court actually has an approval rating of over 58%, much higher than it’s been in a decade.
AG Hamilton blasted Omar on Twitter, tweeting:
“I realize Ilhan Omar has never been big on facts or reality, but this is the exact opposite of true. Great deal or a lot of confidence in institutions: SCOTUS – 40%, Congress- 13%, Presidency- 39%.”
Hamilton additionally cited an Emerson poll that revealed Omar’s approval rating was far below the Supreme Court’s.
“In fact, Ilhan Omar herself has a -21 approval rating (25% favorable vs 46% unfavorable) […] While The Supreme Court has a +10 approval rating (53-43)[.]”
So not only was she blatantly incorrect about the government’s approval ratings, she did not acknowledge that she herself has lower approval ratings than the Supreme Court itself.
Whether it was willful ignorance or an attempt to confuse the public, one thing is certain; the Supreme Court currently boasts its highest approval rating in over a decade.
In addition, Amy Coney Barrett addressed the importance of an impartial judge that is not subject to the whims of the people.
“By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to them. Federal judges don’t stand for election, thus, they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people. This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government. A judge declares independence not only from Congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her. The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty; the rule of law must always control.”
Thus, Barrett said that no matter how people view that judge, they must always act according to the law and not be swayed by public opinion.
This goes directly against the Democratic view of politics, where they change their decisions and opinions based on the will of the people.