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“This was an Obama judge, and I’ll tell you what, it’s not going to happen like this anymore.”

–President Trump, Nov. 20, 2018

Judge Jon S. Tigar is back in the news.

I wrote about him  nearly two years ago:

“A federal judge ruled recently that an inmate serving a life sentence for murder in California must receive sex-reassignment surgery at taxpayer expense.


The inmate was Rodney James Quine, 57, twice married and the father of two daughters. I write ‘was’ because while in prison he changed his name to Shiloh Heavenly Quine. Quine began living as a woman in 2008, when prison officials authorized hormone treatments at taxpayer expense. Quine then began pushing for a sex change operation, to be paid for by California taxpayers like everything else in prison.


Enter Barack Obama. In 2013 Obama appointed Jon Tigar to the federal bench. Tigar, who evidently shares Obama’s fascination with the world of the transgendered, assigned himself to Quine’s case and appointed a team of San Francisco lawyers and the Transgender Law Center to represent Quine.


The result of Tigar’s ruling in Quine’s favor is that the state of California must now provide sex reassignment surgery for prison inmates.


Tigar claimed to discover this requirement hidden deep within the Eighth Amendment, which forbids ‘cruel and unusual punishment.’


Of course, this was a lawless ruling by a rogue actor in judicial garb and an assault on the rule of law in America.”

This same judge is now back in the news, this time with a ruling that encourages people to break the law. The New York Times put it like this:

“Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United State District Court in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the government from carrying out a new rule that denies protections to people who enter the country illegally.”

“A rule that denies protections to people” is Timespeak for not allowing people who have entered the country illegally to apply for asylum.

The president of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, said on Fox News Tuesday (11/20) that the judge “just encouraged migrants to break the law.”

Getting around America’s border protections has been easy. Simply cross our borders illegally, apply for asylum, never show up for your asylum hearing, and join the ranks of the millions of illegal aliens already living in America. The administration’s new rule was aimed at putting a stop to this absurdity.

We already know from Tigar’s  Shiloh Heavenly Quine ruling that the judge is not dedicated to upholding the Constitution. It is clear that he has a political agenda instead.

When Barack Obama was in office, he pushed beyond common sense and the plain meaning of the Constitution to advance the cause of “fundamentally transforming America.” With Donald Trump in the Oval Office, he has become part of #TheResistance.

Tigar’s efforts parallel perfectly with what is going on in the news media. The advent of Obama unhinged the reporters and the pundits.

They abandoned any remaining pretense of even-handedness, of fairness. Professional standards went out the window. Bernie Goldberg, brilliantly, termed it a “slobbering love affair” with everything Obama.

Now that Trump has replaced Obama, the people in the news and opinions business are still completely unhinged, and in solidarity in their opposition to the president. They are as carried away with their loathing for Trump as they were carried away by their adoration of Obama.


Robert Curry serves on the board of directors of the Claremont Institute and is the author of Common Sense Nation: Unlocking the Forgotten Power of the American Idea. He also serves on the board of distinguished advisors for the Ronald Reagan Center for Freedom and Understanding.