GOP’s Bill Cassidy slammed for 'lying' about Texas abortion law: 'Is this guy for real?'
With Texas’ draconian new anti-abortion law — the strictest in the United States — having gone into effect on September 1 and the U.S. Supreme Court letting it stand for now, defenders of reproductive rights fear that it is only a matter of time before the High Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana discussed the Texas law during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on September 5, and the GOP senator is being lambasted for his comments on social media.
Stephanopoulos, during the interview, noted that the Texas law is drawing strong criticism even on the right — for example, the Wall Street Journal's conservative editorial board complained, "The law sets an awful precedent that conservatives should hate." When Stephanopoulos asked Cassidy what he thought of the "underlying substance off the law," the Louisiana Republican responded, "I think the Supreme Court will swat it away once it comes to them in an appropriate manner. If it is as terrible as people say it is, it will be destroyed by the Supreme Court."
\u201cIf it is as terrible as people say it is, it will be destroyed by the Supreme Court,\u201d GOP @SenBillCassidy tells @GStephanopoulos about the new Texas abortion law. https://abcn.ws/3BNHuBp\u00a0pic.twitter.com/QbKFc2Bjsx— This Week (@This Week) 1630850220
Stephanopoulos asked Cassidy if the Texas law and the High Court's willingness to let it stand "signals" that the Court "is prepared to undo Roe v. Wade."
Cassidy responded, "We can always talk about eventualities. We can always talk about theoreticals. It makes good fodder…. I don't think about theoreticals. I think about those things that are before me."
Here are some of the responses to that interview:
So the worst abortion law since Roe is a distraction to other issues? Is this guy for real? Wait - I know the answer!— Bailey (@Bailey) 1630883569
Cassidy\u2026you mean the very same @scotus that just pulled this stunt in the middle of the night using the shadow docket with only 72 hours of debate for a 50 year old constitutional right??— italia54 (@italia54) 1630869394
Yeah, what about in the interim, what exactly are pregnant women supposed to do while the Supreme Court stands on a procedural technicality?— Fink (@Fink) 1630877483
Shame on you @GStephanopoulos - YOU let this man lie about the court\u2019s actions. Real women currently pregnant in Texas no longer have access to their constitutional right for a legal abortion. YOU let him brush it off in a GOP effort to claw back power with misinformation. ENOUGH— Michelle Kingdom (@Michelle Kingdom) 1630862632
https://twitter.com/betomedia/status/1434510605386452996\u00a0\u2026— BetoMedia (@BetoMedia) 1630850297
The GOP: we\u2019re pro life!\nAlso the GOP: we love killing people via the death penalty and think that science is fantasy and masks don\u2019t work. The GOP isn\u2019t pro life they\u2019re PRO BIRTH. After birth they don\u2019t care what happens. #RepublicansAreDestroyingAmerica— Phillip (@Phillip) 1630860672
So tell me Bill. Who has standing over my body? Some evangelical right-winger? Hardly.— Screaming_Mimi_Boebert (@Screaming_Mimi_Boebert) 1630879168
He's getting cold feet, because this will hurt the GOP in the long run... and he hopes SCOTUS will do his bidding...— teenagewarhead! (@teenagewarhead!) 1630923320
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