By Dave Andrusko
Appearing on the Mike Gallagher radio program, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump warned yesterday, the Washington Post reported, of how the Supreme Court’s decision Monday overturning parts of Texas 2013 pro-life law would be
the first of many liberal victories to come if his likely Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, wins the presidency in November. On the campaign trail, Trump has regularly talked about Supreme Court appointments to elevate the stakes of the race.
“You know, there’s your first example right there …that’s going to be the first of many. And if she gets in, if she gets in, you won’t even have to question. You wouldn’t even have to bother going to court. You’re going to know the answers,” he said.
For her part, the pro-abortion former Secretary of State tweeted out her approval
In an official statement released by her campaign, Clinton said the decision “is a reminder of how much is at stake in this election.”
“We need a President who will defend women’s health and rights and appoint Supreme Court justices who recognize Roe v. Wade as settled law.”
Clinton also attacked Donald Trump’s position on abortion.
Trump went out to tell Gallagher, “Now if we had—Scalia was living, or if Scalia was replaced by [a nominee named by] me, you wouldn’t have had that, OK? It would’ve been the opposite.”
The vote in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was 5-3, so unless Justices Alito, Thomas, and Roberts had been able to dissuade Justice Kennedy from joining the High Court’s four liberals, the portions of the Texas law would still have been stricken.
But Trump’s point remains the same: he opposed the decision.