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Ketanji Brown Jackson Gives Her SCOTUS Brethren A History Lesson During Tuesday Oral Arguments

During oral arguments Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson gave her right-wing brethren a much-needed history lesson on voting rights.

The case before the high court is Merrill v. Merrigan, which challenges Section 2 of Voting Rights Act. A lower court ruling struck down an Alabama legislative map which is considered to be discriminatory to people of color who live in the state.

Justice Jackson weighed in, making it clear that she isn’t going to sit quietly and let conservatives strike down more of the Voting Rights Act.

“I don’t think that we can assume that just because race is taken into account that that necessarily creates an equal protection problem, because I understood that we looked at the history and traditions of the Constitution and what the framers and the founders thought about, and when I drilled down to that level of analysis, it became clear to me that the framers themselves adopted the Equal Protection Clause, the 14th Amendment, the 15th Amendment, in a race-conscious way. That they were, in fact, trying to ensure that people who had been discriminated against, the freedmen, during the Reconstruction period, were actually brought equal to everyone else in society.”

Indeed, those two amendments, which were ratified after the Civil War, were meant to protect the rights of black citizens who had once been enslaved in Confederate states, Jackson continued, and she supported her assertion with statements made by the very legislators who crafted them.

“I looked in the report that was submitted by the Joint Committee on Reconstruction, which drafted the 14th Amendment, and that report says that the entire point of the amendment was to secure rights of the freed former slaves. The legislator who introduced that amendment said that, quote, ‘Unless the Constitution should restrain them, those states will all, I fear, keep up this discrimination and crush to death the hated freedmen.'”

But Justice Jackson was far from finished reminding her colleagues of why such laws are necessary today just as they were during Reconstruction.

“They drafted the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which specifically stated that citizens would have the same civil rights as enjoyed by white citizens. That’s the point of that act, to make sure that the other citizens, the Black citizens, would have the same as the white citizens.

“They recognized that there was unequal treatment. People based on their race were being treated unequally and, importantly, when there was a concern that the Civil Rights Act wouldn’t have a constitutional foundation, that’s when the 14th Amendment came into play. It was drafted to give a constitutional foundation for a piece of legislation that was designed to make people who had less opportunity and less rights equal to white citizens.”

Jackson concluded her comments by eviscerating the argument being made attorneys for the state of Alabama:

“So with that as the framing and the background, I’m trying to understand your position that Section 2, by its plain text is doing that same thing, is saying that you need to identify people in this community who have less opportunity and less ability to participate and ensure that that’s remedied, right? It’s a race-conscious effort, as you have indicated. I’m trying to understand why that violates the 14th Amendment, given the history and background of the 14th Amendment.”

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Trump Lauds Ginni Thomas For Parroting His Lies About The 2020 Election: ‘She Is Right’

Disgraced, failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump is absolutely ecstatic that Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for telling the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection that she believes the 2020 election was stolen from the Donald.

In a statement he released, Trump all but suggested that Ms. Thomas should be nominated for sainthood, according to Mediaite.

“Congratulations to Ginni Thomas for having the courage of her convictions. Most importantly, she is right.

“The Election was Rigged and Stolen, and everyone knows it—especially the Radical Left Democrats who are destroying our Country. Cheating on Elections is the only thing they do really well, and that’s because Weak Republicans and RINOs allow them to get away with it. Fortunately, Ginni Thomas is not one of them and, by the way, her husband is Great!”

Ms. Thomas reportedly testified before the committee for five hours, and there are already reports that some of her testimony, which was videotaped, may be shown at the next public hearing of the Jan. 6 committee.

She also met regularly with Trump during his administration, according to the Washington Post, usually to discuss personnel decisions:

Years before she became one of then-President Donald Trump’s most prominent coup supporters, Ginni Thomas was already notorious in his West Wing for, among other things, ruining staffers’ afternoons by working Trump into fits of vengeful rage.

“We all knew that within minutes after Ginni left her meeting with the president, he would start yelling about firing people for being disloyal,” a former senior Trump administration official is quoted as saying. “When Ginni Thomas showed up, you knew your day was wrecked.”

Justice Thomas is the only member of the Supreme Court who voted to hear any of the 2020 election challenge cases brought before the high court, and there are questions about his refusal to recuse himself from such matters in light of his wife’s repeated contacts with Trump.

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MSNBC Panel Lays Out How Ginni Thomas Is ‘Up To Her Neck’ In The Jan. 6 Election Coup Plot

On Thursday, Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, testified for five hours to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6. 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

According to the Washington Post, Thomas maintained her mistaken belief that the 2020 presidential election had been “stolen” from failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump.

That led to a panel discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, with co-host Mika Brzezinski noting:

“Thomas first came under scrutiny for sending text messages to Mark Meadows encouraging then-president Trump not to concede the 2020 election. In her opening statement to the committee yesterday, she said her husband, Justice Thomas, was, quote, ‘completely unaware of my texts with Mark Meadows until this committee leaked them to the press.’ Her attorney also issued a statement yesterday arguing that her activities relating to the 2020 election were, quote, ‘minimal.’

“Just the fact that she’s still an election denier is staggering to me. It defies every court ruling. Fair to say it defies logic at this point.”

Co-host Willie Geist concurred, adding that he was also struck by how completely unrepentant Thomas seemed:

“We’ve seen some humility from other people who have been called in front of that panel realizing that now that the screws are being turned, it’s time to admit what’s true, that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. Not her, in fact, emerged proudly from the long deposition smiling and proud of her position on that.”

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson then joined the discussion:

“If you had asked me a few years ago about Ginni Thomas. I would have said she is a far-right Republican activist, but I would have sort of left it there. Now she just appears just to be part of the demented fringe, really, just so far out there that she can’t see reality anymore. The idea, you know, she is the wife of a Supreme Court justice, the idea that someone that close to the pinnacle of judicial power in this country does not believe in our justice system, does not believe in results of more than 60, you know, court cases, or more than 60 judges looking at this question of, as if there were a question about the 2020 election and saying, no, this is garbage. This is ridiculous. None of these claims is true, and she rejects all of that. That it’s irrational is not a strong enough word for it. I just keep coming back to demented. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Politico White House bureau chief Jonathan Lemire said what worries him the most is that Thomas, who has the ear of her husband, refuses to accept reality and continue living in a fantasy world:

“She is still saying this now, and let’s remember, this isn’t just her saying yesterday, on Jan. 6, this isn’t just her texting with Mark Meadows saying keep up the fight. She was working with state legislatures, pushing two different states, Wisconsin and Arizona, to seat alternate false set of electors to try to overturn Joe Biden’s win. She is into this up to her neck, and Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, I know she claims that there’s a wall between the two of them, and they don’t speak about this sort of stuff. Let’s remember he was the one dissenting voice in the Trump case about keeping the documents at Mar-a-Lago, and many lawmakers, Democrats, have called him to recuse himself for Trump-related efforts going forward. It’s hard not to be really worried about the implications of Ginni Thomas’s beliefs.”

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Abortion Supreme Court

SCOTUS Conservative Leaked Draft Of Anti-Roe Opinion To Keep Roberts From Saving Abortion Rights: Report

Back in May, all of Washington was obsessed with one question: Who might have leaked the draft opinion that later became Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that gave American women the right to abortion?

Many conservatives insisted the draft must have come from a liberal on the court or a clerk working for one of the three progressive-minded justices, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor.

But a report from CNN suggests that the actual leaker was a conservative who did so to box out Chief Justice John Roberts.

On Tuesday morning, reporter Joan Biskupic told hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar:

“He (Roberts) was trying week after week after the initial vote in December after oral arguments at which five justices far on the right voted to overturn Roe, Roberts was alone in the middle wanting to uphold the ban on abortions but not go farther than Roe, but of course, you have the three liberals saying we don’t want to do any of this, we don’t want to disrupt abortion rights at all. Roberts keeps trying. And it’s interesting, not only did his work affect his efforts towards the two newest justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, but it had an effect on the others.”

Biskupic noted that conservatives on the high court soon became wary that Roberts might be able to turn the tide and get others to vote to save Roe, so they leaked the Dobbs ruling:

“The hard-right justices became concerned that he could be. And he was able to pick off justices on the far conservative side for more of a moderate conservative centrist. So they became anxious what he was up to.

And the liberals who had such a defeat this session, starting to have hopes that maybe Roe would not be overturned completely. But then on May 2nd, when the draft of the opinion was released and everything went public, it made John Roberts’ efforts all the harder because he’s a man who likes to work privately, in secret, offering some concessions himself. Seeking concessions for some sort of, as I say, cross-ideological compromise. It went down to the wire, according to my sources, but in the end, he made no headwind.”

For months, people such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have insisted that liberal justice leaked the Dobbs opinion. But the CNN report suggests that’s simply not correct. Instead, it was one or more conservatives (perhaps Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion), gave the draft to Politico and set off the firestorm that soon swept over the nation.

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AOC Humiliates GOP Congresswoman Who Accused Her Of Being ‘Fake’ Arrested For SCOTUS Protest

A Republican member of Congress found out today that you don’t want to start a online war with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) unless you’re trying to get humiliated for the entire internet to see.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) was the person who decided to pick a fight with AOC by suggesting she had faked her arrest for protesting at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, as CNN reported at the time:

More than a dozen Democratic members of Congress were among those arrested by Capitol Police on Tuesday afternoon as part of an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court.

Wearing specially made green bandanas with “Won’t Back Down,” they marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has been fenced off for weeks, since shortly after the leak of the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Within two minutes of their arriving, police began ordering them to “cease and desist.” Instead, they sat on the street, and were one by one led off by officers as they chanted, “The people, united, will never be divided.”

34 people were arrested, including 16 members of Congress, among them Ocasio-Cortez.

But for some reason, Republicans began insinuating that the entire protest was just an act and no one was actually arrested, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) posting videos online in which said “AOC pretended to be arrested.”

And then Mace joined the bullshit parade:

That’s when AOC took out her social media stiletto and carved Mace’s tweet to shreds.

Nancy Mace and her Republican cohorts need to know that if you’re gonna come for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you’d better bring your A game. And even then, the chances are good you’ll get verbally slapped silly.