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A DACA recipient who became an immigrant activist is now anxiously awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision on President Donald Trump’s attempt to end protection from deportation. Alejandra Gonzalez's family brought her to the U.S. when she was 5. (June 12) AP Domestic

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump denounced the Supreme Court on Thursday for upholding a program allowing young, undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States, accusing the court of "shotgun blasts" in the face of conservatives.

"Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?" Trump tweeted after the immigration ruling that came three days after the court ruled against the administration in a LGBTQ rights case.

Trump, who is making conservative judges a key argument in his reelection bid, was scathing in his attacks on the high court. He promised supporters he would appoint more conservative jurists in the future.

In another missive on social media, Trump said "these horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives."

Legal and political analysts said Trump is making these Supreme Court cases too much about himself, and not enough about the law.

"Maybe it’s the constitution," tweeted Gen. Michael Hayden, a former CIA director.

Trump tweeted shortly after a divided Supreme Court blocked his administration from ending the DACA program that allows nearly 650,000 young, undocumented immigrants – known as "Dreamers" – to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.

More: Supreme Court ruling upholds DACA program for young, undocumented immigrants

More: Supreme Court grants federal job protections to gay, lesbian, transgender workers

Chief Justice John Roberts, a Republican appointee who wrote the majority opinion, said the administration was "arbitrary and capricious" in ending the the program entitled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival.

On Monday, in another decision criticized by conservatives, a divided Supreme Court further advanced the cause of LGBTQ rights Monday by ruling that a landmark civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers.

Trump turned his tweets on these decisions into an election pitch, saying "we need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!"

On the stump, Trump promotes his record of appointing conservative jurists by telling gun owners, abortion opponents, and religious voters in particular that their rights will be protected.

Looking ahead to the Nov. 3 election, Trump said he would soon issue a new list of potential Supreme Court nominees he would consider if a vacancy occurs.

Trump, who also promoted lists of Supreme Court candidates during his 2016 campaign, tweeted that "based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religous Liberty, etc.)."

Court watchers do not expect any justice to retire this year, not this close to a presidential election.

Trump appointed two members of the current Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – though Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion in the case granting federal job protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender workers.

Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson said the president always attacks institutions that don't do what he wants: "Trump says cops are 'dirty' and 'corrupt' If they are investigating his crimes ... Trump doesn't believe in law and order. He only believes in loyalty to Trump."

Barb McQuade, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at the University of Michigan, said the recent Supreme Court decisions have been "disastrous" for Trump and the people who voted for him.

Some of those voters backed him "solely to ensure the appointment of conservative justices and judges," McQuade said, and Trump risks losing their support "if he can’t deliver favored outcomes in court decisions."

Trump supporters, meanwhile, backed his attacks on the Supreme Court. They noted that the court prescribed rules for the taking of executive action, and Trump should now follow through.

"Trump should start filing hundreds of executive orders to achieve everything Congress won’t do," said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican political consultant based in Texas. "This is the precedent SCOTUS has set. Maybe we can abolish Congress."

Trump had called on Congress to pass legislation to preserve DACA and prevent the deportation of thousands of young people. It seems unlikely that Democrats would be willing to work on a legislative fix given their victory in the Supreme Court.

In yet another tweet after the immigration decision, Trump said he is now "asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law. The Supreme Court is not willing to give us one, so now we have to start this process all over again."

He did not elaborate.

The current Supreme Court, meanwhile, has other cases remaining this term – including ones on whether prosecutors and members of Congress can get access to Trump's financial records.

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