MSNBC's Scarborough accused the 'far right' of having 'destroyed the credibility' of the Supreme Court

June 24, 2023
Ben Marquis

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision that rejected the precedent set by Roe v. Wade and returned the right to regulate abortions back to the individual states, and since that ruling the high court has been under incessant attack by the ideological left.

One of the latest broadsides came from MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who on Friday accused the "far right" of being responsible for having "destroyed the credibility of the court," Breitbart reported.

Yet, the argument could just as easily be made that it is the left's non-stop assault on the Republican-appointed members of the Supreme Court -- led by partisan activists with support from Democratic politicians and media allies -- that bears blame for substantially undermining public trust in that foundational institution.

The "far right" has "destroyed the credibility of the court"

On Friday's episode of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," near the conclusion of a lengthy segment lamenting the impact on abortion rights in some states following the Dobbs decision and recent public polling, co-host Scarborough mounted his offensive against the Supreme Court.

"Everybody from The Wall Street Journal editorial page to Ann Coulter have warned Republicans about, that they’ve got to get smart on abortion or they’ll keep losing elections," Scarborough said. "Well, they aren’t getting smart on abortion."

"The United States Supreme Court, in a political crisis unlike any political crisis it’s been in, at least in my lifetime, even after the 2000 recount. Their approval ratings recovered very quickly after that, and they were respected and trusted again," he continued. "But you look at just how rigged the process has been. I don’t want to go through all the things that happened in the United States Senate with Merrick Garland and others.

"You look at the billions of dollars that people are pouring in now to influence this. You look at the will of the people, 65%, 70% of Americans being ignored and overturning a 50-year precedent," Scarborough stated. "Unfortunately, they have destroyed the credibility of the court, the far right has."

The threat of legislative "reform" of the co-equal judicial branch

Scarborough proceeded to predict that "There is going to be reform in the Judicial Branch. I don’t know what that reform looks like, but I think it’s going to start with the United States Supreme Court because their approval rating is going to just keep going down as it gets more and more politicized."

"Let’s face it, bought off by an element that has billions of dollars. They’re using billions of dollars to buy off these Supreme Court fights, and at the same time with the Supreme Court right now that’s just running roughshod over the ethics, just basic ethical considerations," he added without evidence. "So, again, they’re doing this to themselves, and when there is reform and when people talk about a new Supreme Court that’s going to be less political and more representative of the country, they can scream and yell all they want. It’s going to be their fault."

The "reform" Scarborough referenced is a highly partisan Democratic effort in Congress to usurp the separation of power and impose its will on a co-equal branch of the federal government, a movement The Hill reported has gained increased "momentum" following yet another overt attack by media activists on a Republican-appointed member of the Supreme Court, this time Justice Samuel Alito.

Similar to the prior coordinated assaults on Justice Clarence Thomas, Alito was accused of unethically failing to disclose a 2008 vacation paid for by a wealthy acquaintance and then failing to recuse himself several years later from a 2014 case that ostensibly benefited that individual -- though Alito preemptively countered that attack by accurately noting, as Thomas did, that judicial ethics standards at that time did not require disclosure or recusal.

Democrats and the media are to blame

The Federalist reported this week that it was Democrats -- fueled by biased and deceptive media reports and granted cover by the Biden administration -- who were, in effect, engaged in a slow-rolling "coup against the court" in the year that has elapsed since the Dobbs decision.

To be sure, public polling does show that trust in the Supreme Court has declined over that span, but the outlet argued that those figures were just as much, if not more so, a result and reflection of the left's "vitriolic reaction" to the ruling -- replete with angry protests permitted outside justices' homes and an assassination attempt -- as well as the "years-long delegitimization campaign" against the current Republican-appointed court majority.

"Had the Biden regime arrested those violating federal law last year and respected the court’s authority, rage about SCOTUS might’ve blown over," The Federalist concluded. "Instead, flames were stoked in an attempt to coerce Americans that the only option is to burn the court to the ground -- perhaps metaphorically or perhaps not."

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