New York Times labels Supreme Court ‘legal arm of Republican Party’: ‘squanders’ its ‘legitimacy’

The New York Times editorial board claimed that the Supreme Court has become the “judicial arm of the Republican Party” dedicated to securing “partisan victories” for conservatives.

The board argued Saturday that the court destroyed the public’s “trust” in it as an institution and “squandered” its own “legitimacy” with allegedly partisan rulings such as the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

On Friday, the Times also published a guest essay claiming that the conservative-majority court represents “a greater challenge to the American system of self-government than any violent mob has succeeded.”

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Crowds outside the Supreme Court react to the Dobbs ruling.

Crowds outside the Supreme Court react to the Dobbs ruling.
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The board of directors began its column by noting that a “majority of Americans fail to see” that the Supreme Court is any longer a fair and legitimate arbitrator of the U.S. Constitution, although it noted “that the court almost always comes close to where the majority of the American people.”

The board added: “If it does diverge, it should make sure it doesn’t appear biased. That’s the basis of the public’s trust in the court.”

It repeated: “And yet, as the judges prepare to open a new term on Monday, fewer Americans have confidence in the court than ever before on record.”

It quoted a Gallup poll saying, “Before the court quashed Roe v. Wade with Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, only 25 percent of respondents said they had a high degree of confidence in the institution. That number has fallen.” from 50 percent in 2001 — just months after the court’s hugely controversial 5-to-4 ruling in Bush v. Gore.”

The editorial took into consideration Chief Justice Roberts’ assessment of this phenomenon, which was that “the court’s low public opinion is nothing more than sour grapes from those who are on the short side of recent rulings.” In September, Roberts stated, “Just because people disagree with an opinion is no reason to criticize the court’s legitimacy.”

However, the board dismissed this claim as “dishonest,” arguing that this dip in popularity was caused by the court’s partisan turn.

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WASHINGTON DC - JUNE 23: Outside the Supreme Court Thursday morning ahead of the announcement on Dobbs v. Jackson

WASHINGTON DC – JUNE 23: Outside the Supreme Court Thursday morning ahead of the announcement on Dobbs v. Jackson
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It stated, “The real cause of its historical unpopularity is no secret. In recent years, the court has been transformed into a judicial branch of the Republican Party.” With a general timeline, it added: “This project quietened down for decades, but it kicked into high gear in 2016, when Judge Antonin Scalia died and Senate Republicans refused to let Barack Obama choose his successor.”

According to the board, this strategy has allowed conservative appointees to the court to “do away with the traditions and processes that have allowed the court to appear fair and impartial”.

It added: “As a result, the court’s legitimacy has been squandered in the service of party victories. The June Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminated the constitutional right of American women to control their own bodies and was a Republican Party priority for decades, is just the most glaring example.”

The administration continued to lash out at the court, saying it has “dissociated itself from both the Constitution it is sworn to protect and the American people it has the privilege to serve.” Then it became concerned: “This couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Republican Party deniers are undermining the integrity of the US electoral system. Right-wing political violence is a current and growing threat.”

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In a column on Saturday, the New York Times editors claimed the Supreme Court: "wasted" its legitimacy by working for the goals of the Republican Party.

In a column on Saturday, the New York Times editors claimed the Supreme Court had “wasted” its legitimacy by working for the Republican Party’s goals.
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