Donald Trump put his sister, Third Circuit Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, squarely in the national media spotlight last year when he told interviewers she’d be a phenomenal Supreme Court justice.
Now that quote has Judge Barry back in the headlines, but this time it’s neither as positive nor as honest. Brent Johnson at NJ.com (among others) reports that fellow Republican candidate Ted Cruz today said:
Now, it’s good to stand with your sister. But Donald’s sister was a Bill Clinton-appointed federal appellate judge who is a radical pro-abortion extremist,” said Cruz, a Princeton University graduate. “Indeed, she wrote an opinion striking down restrictions on partial birth abortion, saying that restricting partial birth abortion was irrational. Even among liberal judges, that position is extreme, and Donald said, his extreme, abortion-supporting sister would make a terrific Supreme Court justice.
The case Cruz is bashing Barry for is Planned Parenthood of Central NJ v. Farmer, in which Judge Barry wrote the opinion striking down New Jersey’s late-term abortion ban.
Just one question. If Barry’s ruling striking down the New Jersey law was extreme even among liberal judges, what does Cruz make of the fact that the Third Circuit judge who concurred in the judgment in that case, opining that Supreme Court precedent “compels” the result Barry reached, was a fellow named Alito?