Jeffrey Toobin Delivers the ‘Bork’s America’ Smear of 2018

Jeffrey Toobin Delivers the ‘Bork’s America’ Smear of 2018

Consultant Jeffrey Toobin participates in a panel for the FX Networks “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Cable Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, January 16, 2016. On July 1, 1987, Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy delivered one of the most infamous, hysterical, and false attacks in the modern history of the U.S. Senate. As part of the effort to block Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court, he reinvented one of the outstanding conservative legal minds of his generation as the Bull Connor of the bench. Kennedy’s grotesque attack is a perfect fit for our uncivil times: Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy. Now, fast-forward to 2018. Writing in The New Yorker , CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin paints his own puzzling picture of a post-Kennedy Court: It will overrule Roe v. Wade, allowing states to ban abortions and to criminally prosecute any physicians and nurses who perform them. It will allow shopkeepers, restaurateurs, and hotel owners to refuse service […]

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