'They Might as Well Have Torn Up the Constitution'

  • In Politics
  • 2021-03-02 10:03:54Z
  • By The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty  

For years, a central goal of the conservative movement was to install right-wing judges. A Republican president delivered, big time. And these Trumpists are still pissed.

Which tells you one thing. For the authoritarian wing of the Republican Party, this was never about interpreting the American legal code. It was always about raw political power.

"It's not about the rule of law. It's not about getting good, qualified judges. It's about results-oriented litigation," former U.S. Attorney for Alabama Joyce Vance tells Molly Jong-Fast on the latest edition of The New Abnormal.

"They want judges who will vote to save the election for a president who has clearly lost it. And that's just out of bounds. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican. The notion that the courts could be used to steal an election is really the epitome of being anti-democratic. It's ludicrous. It's ridiculous. It just shows you that these folks are off the rails. They might as well have stood on a stage at CPAC and torn up the Constitution."

Vance adds, "We should immediately begin to identify what's being done here as anti-democratic. I don't believe that that's where my Republican friends in Alabama are. Many of them are good people who have different principled views than I have on policy issues. They believe in the Constitution and the rule of law. And they're horrified by what they're seeing."

Getting 'Canceled' Is the Only Thing Conservatives Have Left

Because the Trumpists aren't just looking for judges that overturn elections they don't like. They don't want anyone outside of their crowd to be able to vote, period. "These efforts to suppress the vote previously have been relegated to dark corners of political operatives. It's now actually the platform of the Republican Party to make it hard for people to vote, because they're afraid that they might not vote Republican. They should be expending half the energy they're expending on voter suppression on trying to win voters over, on creating policies that are appealing to the population," Vance says. "This is a sickness in the American political dialogue."

Vance also looks at the mushrooming scandals around Andrew Cuomo, and the mounting legal cases for former President Donald Trump. Then, Olivia Troye, who worked for Trump and Mike Pence during the early days of the pandemic, talks about their botched response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "It turns out nobody in the White House cared about spreading the virus," she says. And The Washington Post's Dave Weigel, fresh from CPAC, talks about how even straitlaced Republicans are now espousing the Big Lie.

Listen to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!

Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


More Related News

Fact check: False claim that President Joe Biden
Fact check: False claim that President Joe Biden's approval rating lowest in American history

A claim that a Gallup poll found President Joe Biden to have an 11% approval rating, the lowest in American history, is false.

U.S. Senate confirms Biden nominee for No. 2 State Dept post
U.S. Senate confirms Biden nominee for No. 2 State Dept post
  • US
  • 2021-04-13 22:11:55Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee Wendy Sherman to be deputy secretary of state, the number two...

New York lawmakers threaten Biden
New York lawmakers threaten Biden's infrastructure tax hikes without local tax break
  • US
  • 2021-04-13 22:10:08Z

Seventeen New York state Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday said they will not support proposed tax increases to pay for President Joe Biden's infrastructure...

Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice
Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice
  • US
  • 2021-04-13 22:08:03Z

On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged to help end the epidemic of Black men...

Republicans Say No To Raising Taxes On Corporations To Pay For Infrastructure
Republicans Say No To Raising Taxes On Corporations To Pay For Infrastructure

Bipartisan negotiations over President Joe Biden's jobs plan aren't yielding much bipartisanship yet.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Politics