While recapping the Supreme Court hearing Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization oral arguments on Wednesday, an unhinged MSNBC panel that consisted of anchor Jose Diaz-Balart and three left-wing legal analysts lost their minds over the abortion case. The group took the outrage meter well beyond ten as pro-life laws were compared to segregation and conservative justices were attacked in personal terms as being “white males,” despite Justices Thomas and Barrett.
Failed New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley claimed it was obvious Mississippi’s law was bad and unconstitutional simply because it is Mississippi, “You know, this is fundamentally when you hear this argument that Mississippi, Mississippi, the state that fought school integration — the state that has so long fought against the fundamental rights other groups people is actually saying ‘You know what? History, rely on history. No matter how sexist, no matter how racist, no matter how divisive, in deciding how much this precedent should stand.'”
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She then claimed that Justice Kavanaugh’s argument that voters and legislatures should decide the issue of abortion is just like voter suppression and proved the more a person says “literally,” the less literal they are being:
And to Neal’s point about a Justice Kavanaugh “saying let the legislature sort it out,” because I heard that loud and clear, that his leaning is to say let’s leave it up to the states, this is the same Supreme Court that has literally opened the floodgates to voter suppression after literally spending 100 years fighting to gain access to the ballots. And so much voter suppression happening across the country, but now we’re supposed to leave it up to legislators that are actively working because of this Supreme Court’s recent precedent coming out of South Carolina, former Confederacy to say ‘yeah, go back to your old ways. Make it harder for people to actually vote.’ This is the reality of America today and this is the grounded and experiential reality that is being ignored in so much of the arguments that we heard.
Former Obama administration solicitor general Neal Katyal later claimed to “find that offensive” when talking about the Mississippi Solicitor General citing Brown v. Board of Education as evidence that precedent does not need to be treated as sacred. For Katyal and Diaz-Balart, abortion is one of those things that should be immune from legislators and disagreeing makes you similar to segregationists. Diaz-Balart turned back to Wiley: “…that has kind of, if you look at the history of this country, you know, it’s been precisely the effects of people saying ‘I’m not going to get involved on that.’”
Wiley naturally agreed about the Plessy v. Furgeson comparison and condemned Justice Alito for also making it, “as if we are not talking about protecting rights, as if it is the same thing.”
Without a single ounce of self-awareness, Wiley then blasted the conservative justices for not adhering to precedent and instead putting their own beliefs before the law, beliefs like, “‘Well, I’m a white man, I’m fine, I don’t see the problem with Mississippi saying, I mean why should we, really?'”
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