Implications of Justice Thomas Leaving Supreme Court Are Huge
The Washington Examiner Sunday afternoon posted a piece by DC insider columnistÂ Paul Bedard that claimsÂ uber-conservative Supreme CourtÂ Justice Clarence Thomas “is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according to court watchers.” Those “court watchers” of course are unnamed, so the actual source of the claim is unknown.
It could be true, it could be false, but the implications of course are tremendous. Assuming Republicans in the Senate successfully keeps their vow to not confirm any SCOTUS justice nominated by President Obama, and wait until the next president takes office, this would mean the next president would automatically nominate not one but two justices to the nation’s top court, controlling its destiny for decades.
So naturally, Clarence Thomas began trending on Twitter.
If Clinton wins, we could be looking at a 6-3 Democratic majority on the Supreme Court https://t.co/NRxZHGJu9o
â€” Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) June 19, 2016
Regardless of whether or not the Washington Examiner piece is accurate, it was enough to throw social media sites like Twitter and Facebook into a Sunday afternoon frenzy, with liberals jumping for joy and conservatives seemingly fearful.
Wait. Clarence Thomas may be the next to leave the Supreme Court?
How will we be able to tell?
â€” Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 19, 2016
Report–Clarence Thomas may be next to leave Supreme Court https://t.co/NY0QQOeV06
Liberals everywhere have simultaneous orgasms.
â€” Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) June 19, 2016
â€” Lawrence Robinson (@LawrenceFromPhx) June 19, 2016
Scalia and now Clarence Thomas possibly replaced by next President. How any progressive can consider not voting for Hillary is beyond me.
â€” David Jonas (@David_TSJ) June 19, 2016
â€” William Ryland (@WmRyland) June 19, 2016
Clarence Thomas wants to retire. Garland: “How ya like me now?”
â€” Kim Lockhart (@kimlockhartga) June 19, 2016
â€” A F (@AriGadfly) June 19, 2016
â€” Peter LaBarbera (@PeterLaBarbera) June 19, 2016
Please don’t ever leave. You are a great justice, one of the best on the court. Save us from tragedy.
â€” Ruairi (@notasimplelie) June 19, 2016
â€” Erika Byrnison (@uh_phrasing) June 19, 2016
I’m gonna need my dude Clarence Thomas to just hold it down for 4 more years. That’s all I ask bruh
â€” Farmer George (@TheKurdishMamba) June 19, 2016
@LPDonovan Did you hear the rumor that Clarence Thomas might retire after the election? If Hillary wins, we are doomed as a country.
â€” FieldRoamer (@FieldRoamer) June 19, 2016
Clarence Thomas is considering retirement after the election. He is lost without Scalia. This makes electing Hillary of supreme importance.
â€” Laurin Suiter (@LaurinSuiter) June 19, 2016
â€” Pawley (@Pawleybaby1999) June 19, 2016
â€” Michael Mejia (@MicMej231997) June 19, 2016
Clarence Thomas Retiring to be Replaced by Obama after his job ends soon. pic.twitter.com/fOlcS8td0z
â€” raymond holland (@raygodyes) June 19, 2016
Yet another reason to dump Trump at the convention, and avoid this train wreck coming. https://t.co/42WkrPnwRY
â€” Mike Dury (@MikeDury) June 19, 2016
If Clarence Thomas retires & @HillaryClinton chooses the next one or two SCOTUS justices, America as we know it is finished. It’s dead.
â€” Jim Minardi (@AMillennialMind) June 19, 2016
omg omg pls retire Clarence Thomas yes!!!! https://t.co/8dc7TfisX9
â€” (((Sage of Shaw))) (@SageofShaw) June 19, 2016
So if Clarence Thomas retires, #BernieOrBust is willing allow conservatives take over the SCOTUS for DECADES?!
â€” (((DarlingEbony))) (@DarlingEbony) June 19, 2016
PLEASE. FOR EVERYONE’S SAKE.https://t.co/ZTMAZRJOjj
â€” Sam White (@samwhiteout) June 19, 2016
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Madison Cawthorn Retains High-Powered GOP Attorney for Case Seeking to Disqualify Him as an Insurrectionist
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing several six challengers to his seat in the House of Representatives this year. Two Democrats will face off, with one becoming their party’s nominee. Four Republicans are primarying the far-right freshman lawmaker, one of those five will go on to face the Democratic challenger.
But Congressman Cawthorn is facing an even great challenge, and he’s taking it seriously.
A group of attorneys is looking at both the 14 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and North Carolina law, in an attempt to have him declared an insurrectionist and therefore unfit to serve.
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress,” the 14th Amendment reads, “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The New York Times Tuesday night reports “Mr. Cawthorn, 26, who is in his first term in Congress, has denounced the case as an egregious misreading of the 14th Amendment, but he has retained James Bopp Jr., one of the most prominent conservative campaign lawyers in the country, as counsel.”
Bopp, known as being one of the attorneys who won the democracy-damning Citizens United case at the Supreme Court, flooding American politics with millions (billions?) in dark money. He’s also been a vice-chair of the RNC, and is recognized as a top conservative lawyer.
The Times adds that “North Carolina’s election statute offers challengers a remarkably low bar to question a candidate’s constitutional qualifications for office. Once someone establishes a ‘reasonable suspicion or belief’ that a candidate is not qualified, the burden shifts to the officeseeker to prove otherwise.”
Other Republicans are likely worried, which should have some wondering who’s footing the bill for Bopp.
“If Mr. Cawthorn is labeled an ‘insurrectionist,’ that could have broader ramifications. Other Republican House members, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, face similar accusations, but their state’s election laws present higher hurdles for challenges to their candidate qualifications. If one of their colleagues is disqualified for his role in encouraging the rioters, those hurdles might become easier to clear.”
Read the entire Times report here.
Chasten Buttigieg Slams Florida GOP’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill for ‘Pushing LGBTQ Families Back Into the Closet’
Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.”
Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.”
“And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'”
Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.”
This will kill kids, @RonDeSantisFL. You are purposefully making your state a harder place for LGBTQ kids to survive in. In a national survey (@TrevorProject), 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year. Now they can’t talk to their teachers? https://t.co/VtfFLPlsn3
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) January 20, 2022
The bill, sponsored by freshman Republican state Rep. Joe Harding, in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
Buttigieg, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, said, “if kids come into the classroom Monday morning, and they’re all talking about their weekends, and hypothetically a kid like mine says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dad. We went to the zoo, we went and got ice cream,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘hey, we don’t talk about things like that in this classroom’? You know, and not only what does that do to kids like mine, but also do to a kid in the classroom [who is] starting to realize that they’re different.”
JUST NOW: “”What kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet and saying we can’t talk about you? … [Kids] take that trauma to heart.”@Chasten on what is being called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in FL.pic.twitter.com/M1Qiz9Zt9f
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) January 25, 2022
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Psaki Schools Doocy on Trump’s Infamous Twitter Tantrums After He Whines About ‘Hashtag’ Diplomacy
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday by reminding him that former President Donald Trump had a history of conducting diplomacy through tantrums on Twitter.
At a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why Secretary of State Antony Blinken had expressed support for Ukraine on Twitter with the hashtag “#IStandWithUkraine.”
“Has that ever worked in stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything, a hashtag?” Doocy wondered.
“I will have to say that, unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” Psaki replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people who do view commentary through a range of forums.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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