On Tuesday, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, the hard-Left chair of the House Democratic Caucus who is the “the early favorite to become the next Democratic leader,” replacing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to The Washington Post, attacked the legitimacy of the conservative members of the Supreme Court, snarling on Twitter, “Supreme Court majority has zero legitimacy. Ghosts of the confederacy are alive and well.”
The Supreme Court majority has zero legitimacy.
Ghosts of the confederacy are alive and well.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) February 8, 2022
Jeffries, who is black, made no mention of the fact that the most conservative member of the court, Justice Clarence Thomas, is also black.
Jeffries was responding to the court’s decision this week to issue a stay of a lower court’s decision ordering Alabama to redraw its new congressional map. “The lower court ruled that the new congressional map likely violated the Voting Rights Act, with plaintiffs arguing that the map is the latest instance in Alabama going around federal law to ‘discriminate against Black voters to maintain power,’” Fox News noted.
The majority opinion of the Supreme Court stated, “The stay will allow this Court to decide the merits in an orderly fashion – after full briefing, oral argument, and our usual extensive internal deliberations – and ensure that we do not have to decide the merits on the emergency docket.”
Chief Justice John Roberts again joined the three liberal justices on the Court in their vote against the conservative majority.
As recently as July 2020, when he got what he wanted, Jeffries cheered the court, tweeting, “The Supreme Court has ruled. America is not a monarchy. Trump is not a king. There is no doctrine of absolute immunity from Congressional subpoenas. The American people WILL get to see the President’s tax returns one way or the other.”
— Defiant L’s (@DefiantLs) February 8, 2022
In mid-January, Jeffries, taking a leaf from President Biden’s characterization of his opponents on voting procedures as racists, seemingly insinuated that the present-day Republican Party was racist as he referred to the election of Barack Obama in 2008:
What happened to the modern-day Republican Party? Was it the election that took place in 2008? Did that disturb you? Did that throw you off? Were you confused by that? Still trying to figure out how that occurred? What happened to the modern-day Republican Party that you’ve abandoned your own principles? … What happened to the modern-day Republican Party? It’s a cult right now. Is it because the cult leader has told you to oppose voting rights?
Last November, Jeffries tweeted, “Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key.” That triggered Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) to slam Jeffries, “If this isn’t proof that the Democrat Party has largely departed from American principles of neutrally applied justice and the right of self-defense, then I don’t know what is.”
If this isn’t proof that the Democrat Party has largely departed from American principles of neutrally applied justice and the right of self-defense, then I don’t know what is. https://t.co/WYsTAw3PeU
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 11, 2021
This was not the first time Crenshaw had confronted Jeffries: in July of 2021, Jeffries, who was named one of seven impeachment managers by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump, ripped Republicans for their efforts to restore election integrity across the nation while smearing them as racists, also tweeting, “The Civil War ended in 1865 and the racists lost. Get over it.”
Crenshaw fired back on Twitter with a blunt reminder of exactly which party had the history of racism, snapping, “You’re right, the Democrats lost.”
You’re right, the Democrats lost. https://t.co/fapklELoeh
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 14, 2021
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