Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday said that he wouldn’t abide by Supreme Court rulings if they made the “wrong decision.”
Speaking to a forum of anti-abortion activists in South Carolina, the candidate suggested that he would ignore the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, according to The Guardian.
“If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, the president can in fact ignore it,” Gingrich declared.
The former House Speaker said that the first ruling he would void would be Boumediene v. Bush, where the Supreme Court said that detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay had the right to challenge their detention in court.
“I fully expect as president that there will be several occasions when we will collide,” Gingrich continued. “The first one, which is actually foreign policy, the Boumediene decision which extends American legal rights to enemy combatants on the battlefield is such an outrageous extension of the court in to the commander in chief’s role.”
“I will issue an instruction on the opening day, first day I’m sworn in, I will issue an executive order to the national security apparatus that it will not enforce Boumediene and it will regard it as null and void because it is an absurd extension of the supreme court in to the commander in chief’s (authority).”
During a debate on Fox News last month, Gingrich explained that he “could simply issue instructions to ignore it, and say it’s null and void and I do not accept it.”
Throughout his campaign, the Georgia Republican has made no secret of his disdain for the third branch of government.
He has threatened to arrest or abolish federal judges if he didn’t agree with their rulings.
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