Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other conservative senators have tried to claim that the courts aren’t the ones who should be able to make laws and that it is for the legislature to do. “The View’s” Whoopi Goldberg fact-checked the claim, saying that if it were up to the legislature she wouldn’t have the right to vote or go to school with white children.
Joy Behar bashed Republicans for blocking and stacking the courts for the last six years. For two years under President Barack Obama, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked any judicial appointment that former President Barack Obama nominated. In the years that followed under President Donald Trump, McConnell has been the one who has packed the courts including the U.S. Supreme Court when they refused to allow Obama to nominate Merrick Garland.
“I just think it’s interesting because talking about politicizing the court, you know, Clarence Thomas and Justice Alito decided they weren’t going to hear a trial because the courts — they felt the court had been cavalier in the treatment of religion in a case,” Goldberg noted. “He wrote, ‘The Court has created a problem that only it can fix.'”
Goldberg was referencing Justice Thomas criticizing the same-sex marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges last week, noting that he wants the court to “fix” the ruling.
“And what I have been hearing is people keep saying, the Supreme Court is not there to fix the issues, but it is because we would never have gotten the right to vote had it not come through the Supreme Court,” she explained. “We would have never gotten the right to have our kids go to school with white kids if it hadn’t come through the Supreme Court. So, yes, we do. We have to go through the Supreme Court. And when you politicize that court, you take it out of being a court that is looking at the good of the country that starts to look at the good of the party, and that is the problem.”
She said that political leaders have turned to focus on the good of their party instead of the good of the country.
“I just feel once you complain to somebody about a judge who tells you, you know, ‘when we come back, we’re going to talk about getting rid of this,'” Goldberg continued, again citing Thomas’ demand to get rid of same-sex marriage. “That is not what I want to hear as an American citizen. I want to know that you are listening to, what people are telling you and fighting and saying, this is why you can’t do this. I don’t understand why that’s not happening.”
Republican commentator Ana Navarro noted that the whole conversation is nothing more than a distraction from the Republican hypocrisy of packing the courts and refusing to play by their own rules.
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