Roberts ‘Should Be Ashamed’ Over Health-Care Ruling: Trump
Mitt Romney will benefit from the Supreme Court health-care ruling, though Chief Justice John Roberts should be "ashamed" of his role in the decision, businessman Donald Trump told CNBC.
The conservative jurist provided the deciding vote in a 5-4 ruling that said the health-care plan's individual mandate, which requires Americans to have health insurance, passed constitutional muster.
"This was a big one," Trump said during his weekly "Squawk Box" appearance Tuesday. "This energized the Republican Party like never before. I think it's going to maybe elect Mitt Romney."
As for Roberts, who ruled with the majority that the individual mandateis constitutional so long as it's considered a tax rather than a penalty, Trump had harsh words.
"John Roberts should be ashamed of himself," he said. "He's looking like a dummy. His decision was not written by the supposedly smart man he is .... The decision makes no sense."
Trump speculated that Roberts sided with the court's liberal justices in an effort to appease the Washington establishment by giving "a Georgetown-type of opinion."
"Now they love him in Washington," Trump said. "That's probably what he wanted. I think that's the sole reason he did it."
The Obama administration had resisted calling the health-care reform measure a "tax," insisting that it instead applied a penalty against the uninsured who refused to purchase a plan. Trump said the distinction will hurt Obama politically. (See how Romney and Obama agree on at least one part of the health-care law.)
"The big winner is going to be Mitt Romney," he said. "I've never seen the Republicans coalesce like they have in the last three days since this ridiculous decision."