Ever since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was announced, there have been a ton of hyperbolic takes and assessments making the rounds about what’s going to happen in the High Court in the future. By far, the most overwhelming talking point from the Left has been that SCOTUS will surely overturn Roe v. Wade if President Donald Trump’s nominee is confirmed.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) subscribes to that narrative, and he recently released a fiery statement that explained exactly what he would do if that ever came to pass.
“We now need to codify Roe v. Wade, which will actually increase the protections in New York. God forbid they do what they intend to do. I want to get it done before the Supreme Court does that because I don’t want any gaps in a woman’s right to protection,” the statement read in part. “We have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts.”
It’s unclear exactly who Cuomo would be suing in this hypothetical situation, since the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and all. Even if we assume for a second that the Supreme Court did take such a step, all that would happen would be that abortion rights would be returned to the individual states to address as they see fit.
While that’s far from a perfect world scenario, it hardly seems like legal proceedings would be the way to address the development. Cuomo’s hyperbolic statement did not fly under the radar by any means, and he was quickly called out by a number of observers for advancing the hysteria over the SCOTUS nominating process.
“Did he really say that? Whom would he sue, and where would he find a court able to overrule the Supreme Court?” wondered Brit Hume of Fox News in a post on Twitter.
In some circles, Cuomo is viewed as a potential presidential contender down the road. We’ll have to wait and see if that ever comes to pass, but we sincerely hope he spends a little time studying up on how the nation’s judicial system works beforehand.
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