MSNBC host details 'weird baroque tradition' that allowed Trump-picked justices to lie 'under oath' on womens’ rights
Did the three Trump-nominated U.S. Supreme Court justices lie under oath? MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber is asking that question as he details the "weird baroque tradition" that allowed the justices to lie under oath about their true position on women's constitutional rights.
According to Melber, history indicates that “the Supreme Court has long ruled these are constitutional rights. In fact, few members of the Court openly say they will just ignore precedent or reverse that… It has become kind of a weird baroque tradition for even the Republican appointees to say under oath all sorts of words about Roe being a type of settled precedent.”
During his November 30 segment of "The Beat with Ari," he discussed the historical timeline involving Roe vs. Wade. As the Supreme Court prepares for its review of a case that challenges the precedent set with Roe v. Wade, Melber is raising questions about the Trump-appointed justices. While all three, under oath, claimed that they accepted the law of the land, their conservative values suggest otherwise.
Melber also featured clips of Trump-selected Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett as they shared their perspectives on Roe v. Wade.
"I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade," Kavanaugh previously said. The video then shifts to Barrett, who weighed in with her perspective back in 2016. "I don't think that abortion or the right to abortion would change," she said at the Public Policy Institute in Jacksonville, Fla.
"The Supreme Court of the United States is held in Roe v. Wade that a fetus is not a person. That's the law of the land," Gorsuch said in March 2017. "I accept the law of the land."
Despite the justices' previously publicized remarks on Roe v. Wade is law, Melber noted how conservative lawyers and judges in lower levels of government are still seeking to overturn the American precedent.
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.
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