MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace lashed out at the “pathetic” looking Federalist Society for taking so long to be critical of President Trump.
Speaking with a panel on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Thursday, Wallace slammed the conservative judicial policy group which held its annual National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C.
“One thing I found interesting. I want to get your thoughts on this. Yesterday the Federalist Society, and you might have to live in Washington to know or care about anything the Federalist Society does. It’s the meeting of the most elite conservative minds in the country,” Wallace began.
“They, two years in, sounded the alarm about Donald Trump’s assault on the rule of law. While I will take anything from the right, anything, with any whiff of sort of disdain for Donald Trump’s assault on our institutions, what took them two years?” she asked.
“I don’t know, did they just notice?” MSNBC political analyst Eugene Robinson replied. “These are supposed to be the people who care most about the Constitution, most about our democratic norms, and their preservation and to just only now, two years in, realize that, gee, you know — ”
Ahead of the group’s annual convention, several conservative lawyers warned about Trump undermining the rule of law and urged fellow conservatives to speak up, according to The New York Times.
The lawyers’ group, named Checks and Balances, was organized by the husband of White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway. Conservative lawyer George T. Conway III, has been a frequent critic of his wife’s boss, though she does not feed into attempts by the media to create division in her marriage.
Mr. Conway is a long-standing member of the Federalist Society.
“There’s a perception out there that conservative lawyers have essentially sold their souls for judges and regulatory reform,” Conway said, according to the Times. “We just want to be a voice speaking out, and to encourage others to speak out.”
The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore weighed in during the MSNBC discussion.
“It’s hard to bite the hand that feeds you, and the president has put this group into the driver’s seat on stocking the federal bench. So it’s easy — it’s very easy for me to see why they’d hold off,” he said.
“Let me push back. It’s more powerful to bite the hand that feeds you. They actually gave up their power. They gave up their voice and look just as pathetic as every elected Republican in Congress. And who else was Trump going to nominate?” Wallace interjected.
“Conservatives can never again run as the party of law and order,” Wallace added. “That will always just be a chant at a Trump rally.”