Unhinged O’Donnell: ‘Weak’ Constitution Means We Should Strip SCOTUS of Its ‘Secrecy!’

MSNBC is witnessing an escalating reaction of liberals to the leaked Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe. Radical host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday night attacked the Constitution as a “We were wrong to think that the document was weaker than it actually is” and openly called for stripping the high Court of its “secrecy.” In effect, he praised the shocking leak of the opinion.

Speaking to Claire McCaskill (ex-Democratic Senator), The Final WordHost suddenly decided that it was okay to politicize the Supreme Court, as long as it does not stop conservative rulings.

 

 

The Supreme Court’s institutional procedures, from the secretive conference of nine to the deliberative process, were something I believed and respected up until that moment. But then I realized, “Wait a minute, I’m holding the law of the land in my hand, and according to Supreme Court practice — and not according to any law — but according to Supreme Court practice, I’m not supposed to know a word about this until it is the law of the land.”

That would mean that the legislative side of the equation is like finding out the contents of legislation after the president has signed it into law. It’s a lot like the Senate bill that the committee votes on. Then it goes to the floor for discussion. Any changes can be made to it and it will go to the floor. I’m not so sure that the Supreme Court secrecy process around developing these opinions is actually worth preserving.

There you have it. It is okay to leak an entire draft opinion, because the Court now acts as a legislature.

Earlier, O’Donnell trashed the Constitution for not stopping the Supreme Court from becoming too conservative:

 

 

Thanks to corruption in the Constitution which was found to be weaker than it appeared, Mitch McConnell refused to follow the constitutional requirements of the Senate giving the president of the United States advice and consent on President Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee.

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Here is a portion of the transcript. Click “expand” to read more.

The Final Word

5/9/2022

LAWRENCE O’DONNELL:  Unfortunately, that is a completely believable story in a Trump republic, because Donald Trump is obviously by a gigantic order of magnitude, the stupidest man who has ever won the Electoral College. And the president’s stupidity is dangerous. Thanks to corruption in the Constitution which was found to be weaker than it appeared, Mitch McConnell refused to follow the constitutional requirements of the Senate giving the president of the United States advice and consent on President Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee. Mitch McConnell claimed that President Obama had appointed the most stupid president ever to appoint three-quarters of the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnell gave him a list with possible nominations. It is corrupting Constitution.

And now, the constitutionally corrupted Supreme Court is working on a draft opinion, in which five Supreme Court justices, only one of whom was appointed by a Republican president, who actually got the most votes in the presidential election, will for the first time in the country’s history, revoke a constitutional right — the constitutional right for women and girls and children who get pregnant, to decide what happens next inside their own bodies. They will say that it’s not their responsibility. It is up to the politicians, according to The Supreme Court. According to the Supreme Court, every American woman, including every teenager girl and every child under 12, has been raped in America by her father, uncle, or neighbor from Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, or other states. Supreme Court says to them all, “You must have your rapist’s child.” Your child must always see you rapist’s eyes throughout your entire life.

O’DONNELL: Senator McCaskill, you know, right up until the time when I was holding a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion in my hands, I respected and I think believed in all of the institutional practices of the Supreme Court, including the secrecy of the conference of nine and the deliberative processes. But then I realized, wait a minute, I’m holding the law of the land in my hand, and according to Supreme Court practice — and not according to any law — but according to Supreme Court practice, I’m not supposed to know a word about this until it is the law of the land.

That would mean that the legislative side of the equation is like finding out the contents of legislation after the president has signed it into law. It’s a lot like the Senate bill that the committee votes on. Then it goes to the floor for discussion. Any changes can be made to it and it will go to the floor. I’m not so sure that the Supreme Court secrecy process around developing these opinions is actually worth preserving.

MCCASKILL, Yes. And here’s the truth: This is an American branch and transparency will not hurt anyone. It is unlikely that Americans will be able to understand more about the process. They have secrets dockets and have no ethical guidelines. These are just some of the things that were revealed. We talked — I think we discussed — Lawrence talked earlier about how no one is above law. Let me tell you, the Supreme Court of the United States of America is above all the law. Clarence Thomas ought to resign because of the clear law. Clarence Thomas, however, is the only person capable of enforcing that law. All other justices do nothing to enforce this law. And they’re the only court in the land that has not ethics guidelines whatsoever. They may accept donations for speeches.

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