U.S. Supreme Court

Alito is OK with SCOTUS being unpopular

The U.S. Supreme Court’s approval rating is at a near record low of 43 percent, and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. is OK with that.

Speaking in Florida on Monday, Alito said the Supreme Court should not be concerned about popularity, report the Associated Press, the Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Daily News.

“It’s fine if we are not all that popular,” Alito said in a speech hosted by the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. “There is a reason why the Constitution gives federal judges life tenure. We are supposed to do our jobs without worrying whether our decisions are pleasing to anybody.”

An audience member gave Alito a figurine of himself before the speech, according to the AP account. Alito responded that he would like to find figurines for each justice, then sneak them into the Supreme Court conference room after hours. “I’m going to put them all around the conference table and I’m going to live my fantasy,” he joked.

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