Dem Sen Blumenthal: Opposing Roe Is ‘Out of the Mainstream,’ Citizens United and Bush v. Gore Are ‘Hard Right’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that it would be “out of the mainstream” for a SCOTUS nominee to oppose Roe v. Wade because a mainstream candidate would hold to stare decisis, and that Citizens United and Bush v. Gore were “hard right rulings” while DC v. Heller was a “questionable,” decision.

Blumenthal said that a Supreme Court nominee who opposed Roe wouldn’t be able to pass muster with the Senate because that would be “out of the mainstream, and not out of the mainstream necessarily using Roe as a litmus test, but simply disregarding long-established precedent, which has been reaffirmed, and there is a doctrine of law that a mainstream candidate would have to express at hearings to this idea of what’s called stare decisis, that long established precedent will be respected.”

Blumenthal added that the Supreme Court has “lost its respect” partially due to its “hard right stance” in Citizens United and Bush v. Gore. 

He further stated that DC v. Heller is a “questionable,” ruling.

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