Recognizing the potential folly in engaging with a Trump tweet, I thought it was worth two quick comments on what the President had to say about Janus. Here’s the tweet:
Supreme Court rules in favor of non-union workers who are now, as an example, able to support a candidate of his or her choice without having those who control the Union deciding for them. Big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
One, the first sentence of the tweet gets the the relevant law completely wrong. No worker, even before Janus, could ever be compelled to support a candidate they didn’t like. That decision was never within the “control” of the union, because unions could never charge for political activity.
Two, the second sentence of the tweet is more on point. In fact, this last sentence captures exactly what this line of cases – from Knox to Harris to Friedrichs to Janus – has always been about.