by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Democrats have constantly attacked Republicans because some raised questions about the 2020 election, even though the Democrats have questioned elections and challenged electors in the past. Democrats have termed this “election denialism” and termed it a “threat to democracy.”
Yet the Democrats have also been attacking the Supreme Court. They’ve incited protesters against the Court. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi encouraged protesters to pressure the Court to change its upcoming decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, the case that ultimately overturned Roe v. Wade. One person tried to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the abortion question.
Now, Joe Biden himself tried to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court during a virtual fundraiser for Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) this week.
“I view this off-year election as one of the most important elections that I’ve been engaged in because a lot can change because the institutions have changed,” Mr. Biden said. “The Supreme Court is more of an advocacy group these days than it is… evenhanded about it.”
Can we talk about “Supreme Court denialism” and “threat to democracy” then here? He’s attacking the very legitimacy of the Court because they have made decisions that he and the Democrats don’t like. His comments reveal he doesn’t even understand the purpose of the Court or doesn’t care about it. The purpose of the Court isn’t to be politically “even-handed.” It’s supposed to be to interpret the law according to the Constitution. It’s specifically not supposed to be about politics or being “even-handed.” It’s about the rule of law. When you undermine the rule of law, or in Biden’s case not even understand it, how can you uphold the Constitution according to your oath?