Chief Justice John Roberts Defends the Supreme Court — As People's Confidence Wavers

Chief Justice John Roberts has defended the Supreme Court's ability to interpret the Constitution, arguing that it should not be questioned just because individuals disagree with its decisions.

In his first public appearance since leaving the United States, he was asked about his experiences over the past year on the court. 

On Friday, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, John Roberts expressed his worry that some critics of the court's controversial rulings have begun to challenge the legitimacy of the court. 

He named neither the individual cases nor the critics. 

If the court doesn't retain its legitimate function of interpreting the constitution, I'm not sure who would take up that mantle.  

Roberts characterized the last year as unusual and challenging, citing the court's closure in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic as an example 

He added that driving up to the barricaded Supreme Court building was an everyday "gut-wrenching" experience.