CNN Panel Angry Dobbs Ruling Makes U.S. An Authoritarian Country…Like Poland?

The liberal media have sympathetically covered the myriad of crises President Biden has faced, portraying Biden as the victim of forces outside of his control. According to CNN’s At This Hour on Thursday, those odious forces now include the U.S. Supreme Court because of their monumental decisions over the past month and, as a result, plunged the country towards authoritarianism.

Host Kate Bolduan then asked CNN chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins about Biden’s rhetorical optimism about implementing his progressive agenda, “But in the White House statement, I just noticed, in the White House statement put out after — um, the EPA decision, it talks about — this is a Court aiming to move the country backwards.”

 

 

After reviewing some of the crazier responses from the radical left to the recent Supreme Court decisions, Collins attacked the Supreme Court for supposedly turning the United States into an authoritarian nation because of the Dobbs decision:

The broader context of the question that President Biden was asked about was also – you know, his message always on the world stage is democracy versus autocracy and he was questioned whether or not the United States is no longer living up to that rallying cry that he often puts out there because of this decision. You know, really rolling back abortion rights only puts the United States in a corner with Nicaragua, Poland, Russia, only a handful of authoritarian nations.

Nicaragua and Russia could rightfully be called authoritarian, but Poland? The NATO member in which Biden just decided to establish a permanent military headquarters with over 10,000 stationed personnel? 

On the topic of authoritarian nations, before Dobbs v. Jackson the United States’ abortion laws were more permissive than the vast majority of European countries and rivaling Communist China and Vietnam — both far more deserving of the “authoritarian” label than Poland — in terms of ease of access to abortion. 

Prior to this, Bolduan asked CNN political and national security analyst David Sanger what he thought his main takeaway was from Biden’s press conference late Thursday morning.

Sanger responded, “First, his biggest problems right now are clearly domestic, and the Supreme Court has — uh, as you’ve — uh, noted earlier, now struck a big blow to three big policy — uh, areas that are critical to his domestic agenda: abortion — uh, gun control issues, and now — uh, his climate change agenda.”

He also added that this will create a perception of weakness abroad, and laid the blame for this squarely at the feet of the Supreme Court, “I think in many ways what the Supreme Court has done is crippling to him not only domestically, but abroad.”

These decisions didn’t seem to stop Biden from working with NATO nations to begin the process of Finland and Sweden joining the alliance, or authorizing the additional deployment of U.S. forces to Eastern Europe to help deter a newly aggressive Russia. NATO has clearly found a raison d’être in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and that newfound strength is not at all impacted by Supreme Court decisions.

The greatest irony in all of this is that the liberal media is decrying the Supreme Court as authoritarian as it is taking powers away from unelected bureaucracies and lifetime appointees and giving them back to Congress and the state legislatures which are directly accountable to their constituents.

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CNN’s At This Hour
06/30/22
11:46:34 AM ET

KATE BOLDUAN: David, beyond the abortion decision, what was your big takeaway then, from the President as he wraps this NATO summit and everything that he discussed in that press conference? 

DAVID SANGER: Well Kate — uh, two of them. First, his biggest problems right now are clearly domestic, and the Supreme Court has — uh, as you’ve — uh, noted earlier, now struck a big blow to three big policy — uh, areas that are critical to his domestic agenda: abortion — uh, gun control issues, and now — uh, his climate change agenda. 

And that’s got a big impact on his foreign agenda as well because your power abroad is really a reflection of your power at home. And on everything from climate to — uh, other issues, his allies are looking at — uh, Joe Biden and saying is this — uh, marking real change in the way America engages with the world? Or is he just a blip on the way to a much more — uh, conservative U.S. government that disengages again? 

It’s going to be difficult, Kate, to convince other nations to meet their climate change — uh, agreements if you can’t promise that the United States will meet its own. And so I think in many ways what the Supreme Court has done is crippling to him not only domestically, but abroad. 
  
BOLDUAN: And — and, Kaitlan, the President was asked  — I don’t remember the exact wording — if — if he sees the — the country as going backwards, if he — how he would explain that. He says the country is not. He says the country is in a better position — America’s in a better position today to tackle the issues at hand than we ever have been. But in the White House statement, I just noticed, in the White House statement put out after — um, the EPA decision, it talks about — this is a Court aiming to move the country backwards. 

KAITLAN COLLINS: Yeah. I mean, they are becoming incredibly critical of the Supreme Court and you know, every comment he makes. He said the decision on Roe vs. Wade is destabilizing, he thinks, for the entire country. 

But that has raised a lot of questions and pressure on this White House from Democrats, some like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren — uh, from the Senate saying that they need to change the Court. It structurally needs to change because of these decisions that are coming down. You saw AOC weighing in once again after this EPA decision coming — came out saying not only that, maybe they should just get rid of the Court because of the — what the danger it poses to the entire country, she said, the world, really, with this EPA decision. 

Now so far that is not something the President has backed when it comes to changes at the Supreme Court, whether that’s expanding the Supreme Court, having term limits for these Supreme Court Justices. Those are big questions, of course, for the White House, and you’ve seen the White House facing more and more pressure ever since that abortion decision came down. 

The broader context of the question that President Biden was asked about was also – you know, his message always on the world stage is democracy versus autocracy and he was questioned whether or not the United States is no longer living up to that rallying cry that he often puts out there because of this decision. You know, really rolling back abortion rights only puts the United States in a corner with Nicaragua, Poland, Russia, only a handful of authoritarian nations. And so the President said no, that wasn’t an issue that came up in conversations with world leaders but certainly some of the world leaders here did criticize that decision, including the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who called it a big step backwards.

BOLDUAN: That’s a good point. It’s good to see you Kaitlan, thanks so much for being there. David, it’s always good to see you. Thank you very much.

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