Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says Chief Justice John Roberts "apparently needs medication for schizophrenia," citing his decision last week to dissent in the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional but also writing the majority opinion upholding federal subsidies in Obamacare.
Huckabee further added if he was president he would not follow the rulings of the Supreme Court.
"I would say the Supreme Court has issued a ruling, we will review it, we will respect it, but we will not follow it, because it goes against the will of voters in over 30 states," said Huckabee.
Huckabee was speaking with the Iowa radio show "Mickelson in the Morning" on Friday when he made the comments.
"Justice Roberts apparently needs medication for schizophrenia because his opinion is almost the direct opposite of his logical in the opinion yesterday," Huckabee said to Jan Mickelson on Friday.
"Yesterday, the Supreme Court, with Roberts agreeing, essentially rewrote a law that Congress screwed up. They legislated from the bench. They did something they are constitutionally prohibited from doing. That they are restricted from doing. They did it anyway, just to save Obamacare. They made a political decision, not a legal one. They clearly flew in the face of the law."
Citing the ruling that same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional, Huckabee said the Supreme Court had become the "extreme court" and decided it was "the Supreme Being" and that "it could overrule the laws of nature and of nature's God."
"Today, they did the same thing, except this time Roberts, I guess woke up and realized that the Supreme Court was becoming the extreme court, that it had decided it was no longer just the Supreme Court -- it was the Supreme Being," said Huckabee.
"It has today acted as if it could overrule the laws of nature and of nature's God. Today was not a ruling about same-sex marriage, that's what I keep hearing. This was not quality of marriage, this was about redefinition of marriage, and Scalia got it right. The rest of the majority, including Kennedy, got it incredibly wrong."
Huckabee made further comments in line with his Friday written statement from his campaign: "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat."
He told the Iowa radio host his reading of the Constitution said the court could not make laws, but only give opinions.
"Five unelected people in black robes cannot write laws," said Huckabee. He added most of the justices, citing comments from Scalia, were either from the West or East coasts, or went to Harvard or Yale law school.
"While that shouldn't matter, it clearly does matter because you don't have a representative cross section of America on the court," said Huckabee.
"The Supreme Court overstepped their bounds and until the Congress of the United States, consisting of elected representatives from the people, present a bill to enable such a thing and until the president signs it and agrees to enforce it, it is not the law of the land. It remains an opinion of the court, nothing but an opinion of the court."
"The courts simply cannot overturn the ultimate authority in the United States under our Constitution: the people themselves," he added.
Huckabee added government officials shouldn't have to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples because there's been no legislation to authorize them to do so.
He further cited the Dred Scott decision to ask if those who endorse same-sex marriage would support the court if there was a future ruling in which the court changed their mind.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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