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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Maybe Zombie Scalia would get multiple votes in a Trump administration


Earlier this week, the Supreme Court threw out a Texas statute placing ridiculous, burdensome, unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics, specifically to drive them out of business. Conservatives were outraged of course, but rather than a 4-4 tie, which has often been the case due to the split, 8 person Supreme Court, the vote was 5 to 3.

Weirdly, the best, most handsome Republican ever, Donald Trump, whose uncertain commitment to pro-life causes has surely given many Evangelicals sleepless nights, was mysteriously silent about the decision.

Until today.
“Now if we had—Scalia was living, or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn’t have had that, OK? It would’ve been the opposite,” Trump said of the ruling, which struck down a restrictive Texas abortion law.  Link

Now you may notice a couple of things. First, Trump doesn't say anything specific about the case. (That really is pretty much all he said.) It seems pretty clear that he doesn't know enough about the case to even throw out the standard Republican anti-abortion talking points.

Second, hypothesizing a live Scalia at this point is meaningless. He's been dead for months. While you're at it, wish for a pony.

And finally, if Scalia were still alive, well, let's do the numbers, shall we?

5 Justices declared the law Unconstitutional.
3 Justices were fine with the law.

I think we can safely say that Scalia would have been fine with any law that restricted women's rights.

So . . . 3 + 1 = 4 votes for the law, which is greater than the 5 votes against the law!

Wait a minute.

Oh yeah, Trump is an idiot. And not only an idiot, he also can't add.


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