The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Supreme Court Justice Samual Alito said the leaked draft version of his opinion on Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization had made the justices the “targets for assassination”, in hopes of changing the court’s decision.
Justice Alito stated that “those of us who thought we were in the majority and thought to have the approval of my draft opinion were actually targets of assassination.” It was reasonable for people to think that they could stop the Dobbs’ decision by killing us.
Alex Wagner, of MSNBC, discussed the recent stay by the Court in a case concerning the FDA and mifepristone, an abortion pill.
She apologized for interrupting your work, Justice Alito. It’s just about whether or not people in the United States with uteruses can access the most common method of abortion. Sorry for bothering you.
Ah, yes, the “people with uteruses” known as “women” throughout history.
From there she callously dismisses the concern of conservative justices on the court being targeted with assassination.
She said, “The headline in his recently published interview with the Wall Street Journal reads “This made us the target of assassinations”. That is certainly a headline.” It refers to threats Justice Alito claims were caused by leaks of his decision in the Dobbs Case, which overturned Roe V. Wade. To be clear, physical threats are unacceptable, but it is the bulk of this interview that describes his outrage at anyone criticizing the Court.
It is obvious that this statement is false. Alito did not object to criticism in general, but rather to the unfairness of the attacks and targeting directed at the court. Wagner, however, didn’t seem to care. She used the opportunity to repeat the list of so-called scandals involving conservative court members. None of these were legitimate scandals.
I won’t say that she justified the threats against justices. But she had no problem with joining the attacks based on bogus allegations designed to undermine trust in the court. She also did not mind being used as an excuse for unconstitutional oversight by Congress of the nation’s most judicial body. All the while, she ignored the fact that Brett Kavanaugh was attacked last June by a pro-abortion activist who came to his house.