Democrats have been quite displeased, to say the least, with the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in June that overruled Roe v. Wade and returned the issue of abortion to the individual states.
Vice President Kamala Harris has been chief among those in opposition to the court’s ruling, which in her view has caused great “suffering as a nation,” Breitbart reported.
That assertion about the Supreme Court and abortion rights came in a recent interview for NBC News’ “Meet the Press” with host Chuck Todd that will air in full on Sunday.
Harris accuses Supreme Court of causing national “suffering”
Todd referenced recent polling which showed that the American public’s confidence in the Supreme Court had declined to its lowest level in decades, and asked VP Harris, “How much confidence do you have in the Supreme Court?”
“I think this is an activist court,” Harris replied, to which Todd asked her to further elaborate.
“It means that we had an established right for almost half a century, which is the right of women to make decisions about their own body as an extension of what we have decided to be, the privacy rights to which all people are entitled,” she said. “And this court took that constitutional right away, and we are suffering as a nation because of it.”
“That causes me great concern about the integrity of the court overall. Especially as someone who, my life was inspired by people like Thurgood Marshall, and by the work on that court of Earl Warren to bring a unanimous court to pass Brown v. Board of Education,” Harris added. “This is the court that on once sat Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, and Sandra Day O’Connor. It’s a very different court.”
How much impact from media coverage, political commentary?
The polling that NBC News‘ Todd referenced was conducted in mid-August and did indeed show a decline in both the public’s favorability and confidence in the Supreme Court compared to recent months and years.
Respondents were asked in the survey if they had a positive or negative view of the Supreme Court and a combined 35 percent were positive while 42 percent were negative and another 7 percent were unsure either way.
The pollsters also asked about the level of confidence people had in the high court and found that 27 percent had a “great deal” or “quite a bit” of confidence, 35 percent had “some” confidence, and 37 percent had “very little” or “none at all.”
Of course, what pollsters fail to consider or measure is the public impact of hyper-critical coverage of the Supreme Court by the biased media, like NBC News, or the sharp rhetorical attacks on the court and its justices from Democratic politicians like Harris, and how the public’s view and confidence in the current court might not have declined so much if there were neutral media coverage and thoughtful, measured responses to court rulings from politicians.