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Dems Double Down on Crusade to Delegitimize Supreme Court

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
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by Aaron Flanigan
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As the Supreme Court term nears its close, the left is redoubling its longstanding campaign to delegitimize the High Court, slander its conservative justices, and undermine the rule of law.

Just before the end of its term, the Court has not yet released its most high-profile decisions, namely Trump v. United States, in which the justices will rule on the question of presidential immunity, and Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, in which the Court is reconsidering the future of the “Chevron Deference” doctrine that holds that courts must defer to federal bureaucrats to interpret statues. But the usual suspects on the left are already turning to vitriolic doomsday rhetoric about the Court in an apparent effort to pre-empt what they believe will be unfavorable rulings for the left.

The left’s anti-Court crusade, which has been ongoing since at least the smearing of Justice Clarence Thomas by Senate Democrats during his confirmation hearing in 1991, reached a new crescendo in 2020 when Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) threatened two Trump-appointed justices by name in an unprecedented attack on judicial independence. “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price!” he warned.

In the years since, the left’s institutional war on the Supreme Court has only escalated. Just days ago, Congressman Daniel Goldman (D-NY) took to X to declare that, if Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito rule in ways that Goldman doesn’t like, they will “cement SCOTUS as a lawless, partisan wing of the GOP.” The very same day, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said live on CNN that the Court has “gone rogue.”

Earlier this year, former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer also stated that, if President Donald Trump wins a second term in office this November, the Supreme Court will be left with a “MAGA court majority.”

Additionally, last year, ProPublica, a non-profit with a history of promoting far-left radicalism, published a report accusing Thomas of “secretly accept[ing] luxury trips from a major Republican donor,” a real estate developer named Harlan Crow. By accepting these gifts, the group alleges, Thomas “appears to have violated” Supreme Court disclosure obligations by not reporting his airline travel as “gifts” from Crow. Yet despite leftists’ eagerness to pounce on charges of corruption against Thomas, as legal analyst Ed Whelan notes, ProPublica’s entire case rests upon “cherry-picked little-known and unnamed ‘experts’” presenting “a false and damning clarity on the matter.”

Regrettably, the left’s longstanding High Court hit job does not stop with Democrat officials. The corporate media apparatus, too, has gotten in on the action—signaling the end of a longstanding tradition of institutional respect for the Court in the media and beyond.

In recent weeks, for instance, the New York Times has launched a full-scale public relations war against Justice Samuel Alito on strikingly ludicrous grounds. In May, the Times ran an absurd piece alleging that Alito’s home had an upside-down American flag displayed outside, which the Times attempted to frame as proof that Alito is a secret insurrectionist who was intimately involved in the January 6 Capitol riot. The upside-down flag, the Times insisted, “could sow doubt about Justice Alito’s impartiality.”

Several weeks later, the Times targeted Alito for a second time—now attacking him for displaying the Revolutionary War era Pine Tree Flag outside his beach home in New Jersey. Though the flag has long been a bipartisan symbol of American patriotism and has flown outside statehouses in blue states, the Times outrageously wrote that the flag is nothing more than a “symbol of support for former President Donald J. Trump, for a religious strand of the ‘Stop the Steal’ campaign and for a push to remake American government in Christian terms.”

When those attacks fell flat, the Times then ran with another ostensibly damning headline: at a private dinner in his personal capacity, Alito said “I agree with you” when a left-wing activist posing as a Catholic conservative said she believes America should “return to a place of godliness.”

The motivations for these smears should be abundantly clear to every American: in anticipation that decisions from this term could threaten their quest for power, Democrats are gearing up to oppose Court rulings that have not even been released yet.

The great irony, however, is that many of the major decisions that have been handed down by the Court thus far this term have favored Democrats’ political priorities. In Murthy v. Missouri, for instance, the Court sided with the Biden administration in a 6-3 decision that upheld the government’s ability to communicate with Big Tech platforms about removing content.

And in Moyle v. United States and Idaho v. United States, the Court temporarily greenlighted the administration of emergency abortions in Idaho.

These decisions, of course, clearly refute the left’s narrative that the High Court is a partisan body made up of Donald Trump loyalists bent on advancing conservative priorities. But to the left, anything less than the total allegiance of each and every justice is unacceptable.

The American people should take the left’s words at face value and recognize where their intentions truly lie: delegitimizing the court to turn it into yet another institution to advance their partisan political agenda.

For the good of the nation, every American should hope that their efforts fail.

Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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FedUp
FedUp
15 days ago

SCOTUS is the one branch of government the left doesn’t control. And SCOTUS is in their way of having total and absolute control over the government. Of course they are going to attack it and try to delegitimize it.

Cher
Cher
15 days ago

Why/how is it that Dems CAN ‘not accept’ whatever they don’t want to accept – including our U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings? when things don’t go THEIR WAY. But Dems DEMAND that WE accept ALL rulings that don’t go in OUR favor! calling it ‘settled law’ and FINAL!!! (when it obviously wasn’t and isn’t) but NOT for THEM if THEY don’t like it? And THEY CAN disrespect our Highest Court in the Land whenever THEY feel like it, AND any Conservative/Constitutional Judgments it passes, but NO ONE ELSE can? And our ‘fake freepress’ allows Dems this ‘right’.
And, how is it that Republican candidates can ALWAYS be asked by the fakepress ‘WILL YOU ACCEPT the outcome of the Election (i.e. BEFORE it’s even been ‘investigated’ for obvious Fraud and high numbers of ‘irregularities’ that Gore DEMANDED 4-5 times be done for him, AND WAS BEFORE the slates of State Delegates cast their votes)???’ but the fakepress media and biased show producers NEVER ASK the Dem Candidate the same question??? Why aren’t Dems EVER ASKED that one question – that DJT was asked THREE TIMES, demanding an answer from only HIM?
So, at this juncture, Dems actually regard themselves as the ‘overlords’ of everything (i.e. Dictators) that We The People must SUBMIT to. And to PROVE that, they are now putting THEMSELVES ‘above the Law’ by saying THEY won’t respect SCOTUS’s decisions!
And did you notice? Dems have just put ‘DEMANDING full ‘acceptance’ of all Election Results’, even in the event they ARE bogus and fraudulent, controversial and full of ‘irregularities’ nation-wide! FROM THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS, BUT NOT FROM THEMSELVES! WHILE at the same time, Dems are REFUSING to ‘accept’ the Judgments handed down by the Highest Court in the Land!!! putting ‘flawed elections’ OVER ‘our SCOTUS’ in both ‘value’ and ‘importance’. Something is VERY WRONG with all that!

Leslie
Leslie
15 days ago

Why is the conservative media not writing articles and getting the information out to countermand what MSM is releasing about SCOTUS? Why don’t you publish articles about all the trips all the LIBERAL justices took? How about members on Congress (Maxine Waters comes to mind) who are promoting violence against conservatives. It is past time to let them get away with this S***!!

uncleferd
uncleferd
15 days ago

This is a well-written, inspiring, and frightening article. While we Republicans generally don’t lean towards public activism, we all should surely know by now, that we will forfeit our most valuable and civilization-sustaining rights if we allow miscreant “Democrats” (how’s THAT for a redundancy??) to continue in their attempted assaults on our Judicial system.
These “wannabe-totalitarian” thugs will NOT stop their illegitimate pursuit of absolute legal and Judicial power over decent people… who SHOULD be herding THEM into a bus for re-education or deportation.
Our focus should be, first, on protecting our judiciary, and, second, on the kind of public relations work that will not permit our citizens to EVER forget the crimes of this errant, arrogant, and sick-minded “Democrat” party. Even what they name themselves is a hoax.

Ge0
Ge0
14 days ago

When Donald Trump criticizes the courts in NYC, he’s “undermining the rule of law” or he’s a threat to democracy or else they’re putting him under a gag order. Democrats are a threat to out Constitutional Republic.

Common Sense
Common Sense
14 days ago

Isn’t the Democrats attack on the SCOTIS, an attack on democracy?Really it an attack on our Constitutional Republic, but they don’t know the difference.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
15 days ago

The “MAGA court” is a lying myth! If you look at recent decisions its not 6-3 all the time but varies depending on the case proving its more balanced then ever.

John
John
15 days ago

For most of my life the Constitution has been much the same as religion for Democrats; they use it when it suits them. If either get in their way they either ignore it or defy it. We now have a SCOTUS that for the most part follows “originalist” interpretation and reason when it comes to deciding cases that come before it. THAT goes against the Democratic way of using the court as another legislative branch. Predictable and right on que

Old Silk
Old Silk
15 days ago

Looks like WEF, WHO, the UN, the EU and more might be unhappy about having a court of Constitutionalists.

Sue
Sue
13 days ago

Who died and made Schumer and Goldman gods? And the blind—demoncrats—leading the blind—mindless media; they aren’t able to see when SCOTUS has ruled in their favor.

hgk
hgk
13 days ago

Progressives ruled since the Warren court.

Leslie
Leslie
13 days ago

I’m not a fan of the man Trump, but I voted for him in 2016 for EXACTLY this reason-a legitimate SCOTUS full of judges who rule on law, not the social activist flavor of the month. I am simply astonished at all the fuss over trips taken by two judges. No one mentions that the beloved RBJ took 156 trips that same year! Its quite literally disgusting how transparent the left is and I must admit that I am losing hope that we can save America. Too many sheeple buying into the lies!

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