On July 26, 2020, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley announced that he would only support a U.S. Supreme Court justice who believes that the Roe v. Wade decision is unconstitutional.
This 1973 decision determined that abortion access was part of a constitutional right to privacy.
“I will vote only for those Supreme Court nominees who have explicitly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade is wrongly decided. By explicitly acknowledged, I mean on the record and before they were nominated,” said to The Washington Post.
“I don’t want private assurances from candidates. I don’t want to hear about their personal views, one way or another. I’m not looking for forecasts about how they may vote in the future or predications. I don’t want any of that,” he continued. “I want to see on the record, as part of their record, that they have acknowledged in some forum that Roe v. Wade, as a legal matter, is wrongly decided.”
Hawley has yet to vote on a Supreme Court justice since he was elected in 2018.
Hawley’s remarks came a month following a 5-4 ruling that struck down a Louisiana abortion law. Pro-life and pro-abortion activists saw this case as a major stress test of the Roe v. Wade precedent established since Justice Brett Kavanaugh was nominated in 2018.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by George W. Bush, casted the swing vote in the ruling. He also played a crucial swing vote role in cases involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and gender and sexual orientation discrimination.
Hawley used to clerk for Roberts. In his 2005 confirmation hearing, Roberts said that the 1973 case was “settled as a precedent of the court.”
“This standard, for me, applies to Supreme Court nominees, whether they’re a sitting judge or whatever,” Hawley stated. “If there is no indication in their record that at any time they have acknowledged that Roe was wrong at the time it was decided, then I’m not going to vote for them — and I don’t care who nominates them.”
On the court, there are no vacancies at the moment. Though Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed earlier this month that she is receiving chemotherapy treatments. Some White House officials floated the idea of Justice Clarence Thomas retiring. However, Thomas denied any plans to do so in 2019.
Conservatives have largely been disappointed by the current wave of Supreme Court decisions and are now anxious for Senators to actually follow through and vote for solid justices.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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