Democrats are attacking the Supreme Court, with people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declaring that the Court is “illegitimate” and calling for people to get out in the “streets.” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) even said it explicitly — that they should “defy” the decision of the Court. Talk about ‘insurrection’ and throwing norms right out the window. These are the very same people melting down over the three-hour riot on Jan. 6.
My colleague Mike Miller wrote about the comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the SCOTUS abortion decision today (Friday) that overturned Roe. Pelosi attacked the Court in her remarks, calling them the “radical Supreme Court” and “Republican-controlled Supreme Court.”
Remember before Joe Biden, when we all used to understand that you have to accept the decision of the Court–even if you don’t like it? The Democrats are now trying to bulldozer that norm, basically declaring the Court equivalent to her Republican opponents, and we know how she attacks them.
Among the things that Pelosi was deceptive about in her remarks was falsely claiming that the SCOTUS decision meant the justices were next coming to take away rights regarding contraception and other privacy issues. But, the majority made it clear in their decision that this had nothing to do with any other issue/right and specifically said it only applied to abortion and did not apply to anything else.
Justice Clarence Thomas made a reference to the other ‘privacy’ issues in his concurrence, but Pelosi is erroneously interpreting what he said (we’ll have a great breakdown from my colleague Susie Moore on that subject, also).
But Pelosi makes it clear why she’s lying — to jack up the anger. “They cannot be allowed to have a majority in the Congress.”
That’s what these lies are about — to whip up the base to come out for the Democrats, regardless of how much she might undermine the Court.
Even folks on the left weren’t buying it.
Pelosi is arguing that the landmark Supreme Court abortion ruling is a reason we should vote for democrats in the mid term with ZERO irony as democrats control the house, senate and oval.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley dropkicked the heck out of the claim.
Speaker Pelosi just repeated the false claim that this decision now undo cases on contraception and other areas. That is simply untrue and the Court expressly addressed that false claim in the opinion…
…The majority rejects that claim and notes that “perhaps this is designed to stoke unfounded fear that our decision will imperil those other rights.” Having the Speaker refer to the next election despite the express statement to the Court seems to reaffirm that view.
…President Biden just again referred to other rights that are now endangered like the right to marriage and contraception. The Court however expressly said that the opinion would not impact those rights.
Meanwhile, AOC claimed that not only should they pack the Court but that “we need to acknowledge that the Supreme Court of the United States has very few checks and balances.”
Yes, that’s a feature, not a bug. It’s by design, which she should know if she had even a little bit of understanding about the Constitution and how our government is supposed to work. They aren’t supposed to be subject to terms, elections, or political whims. That’s why they get lifetime tenure. “Checks” would be during the appointment and the hearing, as well as impeachment–if it ever got to that.
But AOC wants to make their decisions subject to the pressure not subject to the Constitution.
…”How much does the current structure benefit us? And I don’t think it does.” Those views are not just pre-Marbury but pre-constitutional.