On Saturday (July 1), former President Donald Trump praised his Supreme Court appointments following them striking down what he described as President Joe Biden’s “unfair” student debt relief plan.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Pickens, South Carolina, Trump lauded the Supreme Court for ruling “Biden is not allowed to wipe out hundreds and hundreds of billions, probably trillions,” in student loan debt which he highlighted “would have been very unfair” millions of Americans who had already paid off their student loan debt “through hard work and diligence.
All of Trump’s conservative appointees to the bench — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — were integral to the 6-3 majority opinion on Friday (June 30), finding that the student loan forgiveness was unconstitutional because Congress had given the executive branch authorization to forgive an estimated $430 billion in student loan debt.
On Saturday, the ex-president declared that the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action would instill a “merit-based” education system.
His comments were directed at the court’s Thursday (June 29) declaration that Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill violated the 14th Amendment by using race in their admissions programs, which goes against decades of affirmative action programs.
Trump also expressed his approval of the Supreme Court’s ruling to allow a Christian web designer to decline to create wedding websites for same-sex couples.
On Friday (June 30), the justices ruled that an anti-discrimination law in Colorado could not compel an evangelical Christian web designer to create websites for same-sex weddings, as it conflicted with her religious beliefs.