Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has expressed her distress and emotional turmoil caused by the decisions made by the conservative majority on the court. Recently, during a discussion at the University of California, Berkley School of Law, Sotomayor openly shared her concerns about the immense pressure and hard work she faces due to the continuous losses experienced by her side.
It is noteworthy that since President Donald Trump bolstered the conservative presence on the high court with three appointments, liberal justices have faced a series of defeats. This has resulted in a dominant conservative majority, which has undoubtedly impacted the dynamics of the court.
Sotomayor’s candid remarks have garnered attention, as it is uncommon for Supreme Court justices to publicly disclose their personal sentiments. Typically, they maintain a level of maturity and professionalism by refraining from expressing their personal emotions in the public sphere.
”I live in frustration,” Sotomayor told the Berkley Law students.
“Every loss truly traumatizes me in my stomach and in my heart.”
"Every loss truly traumatizes me": Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor responds to question about how she copes with the steady stream of rulings by the court’s conservative majority while speaking at UC Berkeley on Monday.https://t.co/ykKm5IIwSI
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In a ridiculous statement, she told the students, “I have to get up in the morning and keep fighting,”
“I happen, when I dissent, to think the others got it wrong,” she said, laughing.
“And they often do.”