President Joe Biden on Wednesday called supporters of former President Donald Trump “the most extreme political organization in American history,” suggesting a leaked Supreme Court ruling shows conservatives are considering reduce the rights of marginalized groups.
Biden made comments about what he called the “MAGA crowd” at a press conference where he condemned a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that suggests the court will overturn Roe v. Wade, which guarantees the right to abortion throughout the country.
The president warned of a slippery slope to such a move, saying the right could then target the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Biden indicated that the conservative-majority Supreme Court may in the future choose to uphold state laws that would ban LGBTQ students from being in classrooms with “other children,” for example, though such a measure does not appear to have been proposed in any state. .
The author of the leaked scheme is conservative Judge Samuel Alito, who was appointed to the court by former President George W. Bush in 2006, nearly a decade before Trump adopted his slogan “Make America great again “.
“What are the next things that are going to be attacked? Biden said.
Democrats widely called the draft opinion an attack on women’s rights from a court that took a right turn under Trump, who appointed three of the court’s nine justices during his four years in office, while Republicans say the leak undermines the integrity of the Supreme Court. Trump as President sworn to appoint judges who would overrule the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade, who had long been a top priority for the Republican Party’s hugely conservative Christian base.
Thirteen states have so-called “trigger bans” that would ban abortion immediately or shortly after a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
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