In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in favor of a baker who claimed the religious freedom to deny making a same-sex couple their wedding cake, Donald Trump Jr.—like many on Twitter—jumped to offer his own well-informed take on the historic ruling.
Commenting on an Associated Press article announcing the Court’s “narrow” decision, Trump Jr. chimed in, “I am reading about a 7 – 2 vote. Pretty sure that’s not narrowly… At least 2 dem leaning justices must have agreed.”
Unfortunately for Trump Jr., in this context “narrow” has nothing to do with the number of Supreme Court justices who sided with whom in a particular case or whether those justices deviated from their perceived ideological leanings.
Instead, “narrow” means the ruling pertains to the case at hand. As Axios’ Sam Baker explains, “SCOTUS says *this* baker wins *this* case, in part because Colorado officials seemed hostile to his beliefs, but explicitly holds open the possibility that future bakers could lose.”
The Internet on Monday piled on Trump Jr.’s dense judicial analysis:
Not exactly… it means the ruling itself was narrow. Read the concurrence, not much is set.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 4, 2018
I have read
that the Supreme Court
you have misinterpreted
like the tweet itself
the ruling was trifling
Like your frickin’ understanding of the law, the media, and the unsettled constitutional issues in the case, genius https://t.co/om5h9dgWdG
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 4, 2018
How many times were you dropped on your head as a baby? And as an adult, for that matter?
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) June 4, 2018
Trump Jr, surprisingly, is not an expert in appellate law or how people talk about Supreme Court decisions https://t.co/8w5RUQbas9
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 4, 2018
I'd try to explain the concept of a narrow legal ruling to you, but I;m reasonably sure you wouldn't understand it.
— John D. Burns (@johnburnsnc) June 4, 2018
To be fair, Trump Jr. wasn’t the only MAGA-head whose grasp of the law (and Google) is “narrow”:
7-2 hockey score = blow out
7-2 baseball score = not even close
7-2 #Scotus ruling = narrow?
When progressive judges flip… that's not narrow.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 4, 2018
And NOOOOO. It wasn’t a “narrow” ruling. https://t.co/0AsINhYELw
— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) June 4, 2018