ABC’s “The View” co-host Joy Behar has a master’s degree but you can’t really confuse her with being the smartest person in the room, especially when it comes to her goofy takes on politics.
The far-left host had a virtual meltdown on the program Tuesday following an unprecedented leak to Politico of a draft Supreme Court ruling from February indicating a majority of justices favor overturning the high court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by allowing states to once again decide whether to allow, ban, or partially ban the procedure.
“The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right,” the report stated.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, stated in the draft.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito notes further in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
To be clear, the court’s initial Roe ruling was a tortured piece of jurisprudence that ‘found’ a ‘right’ to kill unborn babies in our nation’s founding document. What Alito and the (at least) four other justices in the majority opinion are merely saying is that per our founding document, where there is no specific language in the Constitution addressing certain issues, the 10th Amendment leaves them to states to decide. That’s a little concept we like to call “federalism.”
But to Behar, this is the beginning of the end of ‘democracy,’ apparently (even co-far-left-host Whoopie Goldberg reminded viewers that the opinion is just a draft and that the high court has not issued an official ruling yet). Not only that, it somehow signals a new era of overt racism over the horizon as well.
“I woke up in the middle of the night to pee,” Behar said to begin the segment (TMI, by the way). “And while I was up I see my phone lighting up, people texting, look, what happened here. I couldn’t go back to sleep. It is that devastating. In those hearings, all of these people that are voting to overturn this lied, didn’t they lie?”
Behar was referring specifically to the three justices who were appointed by former President Donald Trump — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — and saying that because they had all agreed during their confirmation hearings that Roe was “precedent,” a vote to overturn that precedent meant that they had lied to the Senate.
Behar went on to warn that a conservative court would not be satisfied with only overturning Roe, suggesting that they might come for other rights like same-sex marriage or even work to bring back segregation.
Outlawing same-sex marriage and segregation are definitely not on this court’s radar — because they are not currently on any politician’s radar, nor are there states moving to act on these issues, nor are their cases in federal courts addressing them. This woman literally has no idea how the Judicial Branch operates.
Behar then claims the conservative justices will go after Brown v. Board and take away the right to vote.
"I see fascism down the line here," she insisted. pic.twitter.com/GqO9rZuSsQ
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“It sounds to me that they all felt there was precedence and they would honor the precedent,” Behar continued. “And now the opposite is happening, not that I was surprised. We saw this coming. My worry that this is just the beginning, next they will go after gay marriage and maybe the Board v. — what is it, Brown v. Board of Education. They already eroded our voting rights a little bit. So I see some — I see fascism down the line, I don’t know.”
Meanwhile, guest co-host Lindsey Granger offered that she, as “an institutionalist,” was more concerned about the unprecedented leak, which instantly turned the court into just another politicized government institution.
Guest co-host Lindsey Granger worries about the precedent being set by leaking draft rulings and the smears against the court as being untrustworthy.
She says if a lib leaked the docs it was a coercive action and if a conservative member did it was meant to cement opinions. pic.twitter.com/FAvZyJRnWs
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) May 3, 2022
“Setting a precedent for taking materials that the public was not yet to consume and telling us that the Supreme Court is now a partisan — it’s not apolitical any more, it’s part of the partisan fray,” Granger commented. “And I think that’s why, as an institutionalist, I’m looking at this, and I think a lot of Republicans are getting upset about the documents being released.”
“The bigger issue, obviously, is abortion is on the table, but people are getting upset because we’re setting a precedent now that you can’t trust the Supreme Court,” she added. “This infighting, nobody knows what’s it is going on who leaked the documents … If it was a liberal that leaked the documents, that would mean they’re trying to undermine the Supreme Court intentionally. If it was a conservative on the Court that released the documents, that would mean they’re trying to force the hand of their counterparts to stay firm in their early opinion, which is not right. We have to leave room for change in the Supreme Court.”