Comedian Jon Stewart referred to the United States Supreme Court as the “Fox News of Justice” after hearing Roe v. Wade had fallen.
Stewart, 59, opened Thursday’s episode of The Problem with Jon Stewart with an angry exclamation: “Guys, what the heck!”
He asked three law professors – Leah Litman, Melissa Murray and Kate Shaw – if they immediately went into “solve mode” after hearing about the dramatic political and legal shift.
Stewart then compared SCOTUS to the conservative new network – which has been accused by the left of being highly partisan and spreading fake news.
He said: ‘[This decision] makes the court a cynical persecution. It feels like the Fox News of Justice.”
“It’s a cynical aspiration in the same way Fox News would come out from under the patina of a high-level aspiration for the betterment of society, journalism: ‘We are fair and balanced.’ You are a cynical political arm.”
Jon Stewart, 59, said the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Rescinding Wade was “cynical prosecution,” comparing the court to Fox News. He said: “It’s a cynical pursuit, just like Fox News would come out with ‘We are fair and balanced’
Stewart said the decision was “political” and had “nothing to do with science or anything else.”
The comedian also criticized the court’s conservative judges, saying they had changed their minds on abortion and Roe v. Wade to make clear in their confirmation hearings. The judges in question had made it fairly clear in their hearings that they believed abortion rights already set clear precedent.
Democrats are now calling for an impeachment trial against the judges for allegedly lying under oath.
Pro-Choice Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin both said they felt deceived by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch in their confirmation hearing because they were led to believe Roe v. Wade is a precedent.
In Gorsuch’s 2017 confirmation hearing, he said Roe was “a precedent set by the US Supreme Court.” It was reconfirmed in Casey in 1992 and in several other cases.’
“So a good judge will look at it as precedent from the US Supreme Court, which should be treated as precedent like any other precedent,” he said.
At the time, he refused to say how he would rule in the case, saying it would “send the signal to the American people that the judge’s personal views have anything to do with the judge’s work.”
In 2018, Kavanaugh also said the case had been “confirmed many times.” However, he did hint that he would consider a review of the “established right” but said Casey set “precedent”.
“It is not so [Roe] is just an ordinary case that was decided and never reconsidered, but Casey specifically reconsidered it, applied the stare decisis factors and decided to reinforce it,” he said in 2018.
Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett even advocated Roe’s reversal in 2006, according to the Washington Post.
She said in 2020, “If a question comes before me about whether Casey or any other case should be set aside, I will follow the law of rigid decision, apply it as the court articulates, apply all factors, trust , feasibility undermined by later legal facts, all standard factors only.
“I promise to do this for any issue that comes up, abortion or anything else.”
Litman said that despite what they said under oath, “with all of their work to date, it’s absolutely clear that they were going to do these insane, horrible things.”
“It would have been one thing if they sat in the confirmation hearings and said, ‘My whole ideological stance is that life begins at conception and that abortion should be banned.’ And at least you would respect their honesty and integrity,” Stewart said.
“Now if you look at the ridiculous Kabuki theater of Justice Affirmation where you can just go out there and just lie like it’s for debate, you would have understood what perjury means.”
The Conservative judges are under fire over the decision, and Stewart said they should have been “honest” under oath. “It would have been one thing if they sat in the confirmation hearings and said, ‘My whole ideological stance is that life begins at conception and that abortion should be banned.’ And at least you would respect their honesty and integrity,” Stewart said
Shaw agreed that the judges were deliberately being tried by Trump to try Roe v. However, Wade said they once “didn’t say anything specific” at the hearings.
“But it wasn’t necessary [to say anything definite] because Trump knew and the senators knew they did,” she said on the show.
“These three judges were the product of a conservative legal movement which had been trained and nurtured to adhere to and espouse a variety of legal ‘theories’…[to] Basically retrofitting around a bunch of just conservative pet project results.’
She also said stacking the dish was an “exercise of brute force.”
“They had the voices, so they did it,” Shaw said on the show.
Murray joked that this is “the only time Donald Trump has spoken the truth.”
Litman went on to say that this is not something that was not expected, given that the “Republican Party has spent decades trying to bring people to justice to get the results they want.”
Stewart went on to criticize the court for not regulating gun laws, but for regulating women’s bodies.
“I mean, there’s no consistency. States cannot regulate guns, but they can regulate them [uteruses], You know?’ he said.
He said the decision to overturn the decision was “philosophical” and not based on “reasonable debate”. The host also said that conservatives like to “quote the Bible” because it’s a bunch of “dead men” you can’t “argue” with.
“Why isn’t that a religious decision? Are you proposing that life begins at conception with no evidence other than what the Creator said?
Many Americans criticized the court’s decision to combine church and state, and protests erupted across the country.
Prominent figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Attorney General Merrick Garland have criticized the decision, with the latter stating that the decision was a “devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States”.
President Joe Biden, 79, said he would support killing the filibuster to pass federal abortion law and blasted SCOTUS’ “outrageous” decision.
Protests erupted across the country after the decision was overturned (Image: Arizona)
Demonstrators in Washington Square Park in NYC after the protest. Democrats are now demanding that some of the judges be indicted for saying they are lying under oath
Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain earlier this week, he condemned the ruling and its implications.
America is better positioned to lead the world than we have ever been,” he said.
“But one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous conduct of the United States Supreme Court, which not only overturned Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenged the right to privacy.”
He also said he would support a spin-off so Congressional Democrats could pass legislation protecting abortion rights, even without 60 votes in the Senate.
“The first and most important thing we should do is to clarify how outrageous this decision was and how much it impacts – not just on a woman’s right to vote, which is a critical, critical piece – but on privacy in general,” said Biden.
“And so I will be speaking to the governors about what action they think I should take as well.”
He added that the “most important thing” was his belief that the Roe v. The protections accorded to Wade should be enshrined in law.
“The way to do that is to make sure Congress votes for it,” the president said.
“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, we should make an exception for that.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10976159/Jon-Stewart-called-SCOTUS-Fox-News-Justice-said-Justices-honest.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Jon Stewart called SCOTUS the “Fox News of Justice” and said the judges should have been “honest”.