The once relatively slow march from progressives toward the erosion of America’s constitutional framework has seen a rapid acceleration under the leadership of President Joe Biden and, in an exclusive interview, Vice President Kamala Harris appeared all too willing to pour gasoline on the fire while speaking out against the Supreme Court.
Ahead of the Sunday premiere of her appearance with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” excerpts of the discussion were released including one thread that was latched onto for the remainder of the broadcast that the judicial branch is led by an “activist court.” Harris made this assertion in response to a suggestion from Todd that confidence in the court was at its lowest in 20 years as a result of the overturn of Roe v. Wade via the ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
“I think this is an activist court,” the vice president said before going on, “We had an established right for almost half a century which is the right of women to make decisions about their own body as an extension of what we have decided to be the privacy rights to which all people are entitled and this court took that constitutional right away.”
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Kamala Harris says the Supreme Court is “an activist court” for overturning Roe v. Wade.@VP: “We had an established right for almost half a century. … This court took that constitutional right away. And we are suffering as a nation because of it.” pic.twitter.com/Tmv955n4Bx
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 9, 2022
“And we are suffering as a nation because of it,” Harris asserted without any immediate rationale offered to support that claim.
Instead, she went on to question the “integrity of the court” while citing the best example of SCOTUS overturning a prior ruling as the recent court had while naming the first black and woman justices, seemingly only to add more to her non-argument.
“That causes me great concern about the integrity of the court overall. Especially as someone who my life was inspired by people like Thurgood Marshall. The work on that court of Earl Warren to bring a unanimous court to pass Brown v. Board of Ed. This is the court that once, on once sat Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall–Sandra Day O’Conner. It’s a very different court,” Harris asserted.
Surprisingly, this was still a better argument than Harris had originally conveyed when she had begun making the claim that the court had stripped away a constitutional right that had never existed as she described how she had thought about it as “a woman myself, and the daughter of a woman, and a granddaughter of a woman.”
Kamala’s big post-Roe wisdom is that she’s a woman, her mother was a woman, her grandmother was … https://t.co/hN8MGaiWgo pic.twitter.com/Gl4UoP7zFH
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 28, 2022
Further previews of the upcoming edition of “Meet the Press” included guests opining on Harris’ assertion of the “activist court,” suggesting that “this is perhaps something that the White House is going to be using as a strategy heading into the [midterms].”
ICYMI: @VP Harris calls the Supreme Court an “activist court” after Dobbs decision.@albamonica: “It's certainly a sharper tone. … We are seeing a shift here, and this is perhaps something that the White House is going to be using as a strategy heading into the [midterms].” pic.twitter.com/YehtnY6EXV
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 9, 2022
ICYMI: VP Kamala Harris calls the Supreme Court an "activist court" after overturning Roe v. Wade.@Maria_Hinojosa: "It's refreshing as a woman … to see the vice president say it is an 'activist court’ is affirming what many of us are feeling." pic.twitter.com/uOvz5hzW3r
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 10, 2022
Since much of the fervor had died down since the initial outrage over Dobbs, with some even coming to realize that the ruling didn’t change their state’s specific laws regarding abortion, it looks as though – with Biden’s approval rating still suffering – that Democrats and their allies are seeking to rekindle those original frustrations with calls for court-packing.
Meanwhile, while Harris sat down for the interview with the November elections less than two months away, it has been more than 210 days since the president had conducted such a face-to-face, having last done so with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt. Instead, Biden has recently appeared on “Jay Leno’s Garage” and prior to that had shown up on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Biden has not had a sit-down interview with a journalist in 200-plus days, books comedy stops instead https://t.co/4onmBVTzma pic.twitter.com/F6w9DEULMX
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 8, 2022
As would be expected, Harris received a great deal of constructive criticism over her claims about the Supreme Court.
The “right” to an abortion was invented in the Roe case through gymnastics of the unenumerated rights precedent decisions. The court invented a
“right” that had no historical, societal or constitutional basis. In Dobbs, they corrected that mistake.
— James Swan (@JamesSwan1754) September 9, 2022
Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was pro-choice, agreed Roe was on very shaky grounds legally…..but whatever, right? It’s how one FEELS that’s important, right?
— PenitentThief (@ThiefPenitent) September 9, 2022
Wrong. The current court overturned a pitifully wrongful activist court decision that had no constitutional basis 50 yrs ago. The majority current judges justly righted a wrong- just a small glimmer of hope amidst bewildering bad and immoral decisions from this administration.
— Greg Rogers (@GregRogers15) September 10, 2022
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