Shaheen is wrong to call for revolution | Our opinion


US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, was very vocal in her condemnation of then-President Donald Trump after the tragic events of January 6.

Fully endorsing the US House vote to impeach Trump just days after the violent disruption of presidential certification, the Democratic senator said in part: “Trump’s actions culminated with the attempted overthrow. from the US government. Trump emboldened his supporters… and encouraged a crowd to march on Congress. Trump encouraged… these terrorists.

While the events of January 6 should certainly be condemned, Shaheen was apparently more a matter of political rhetoric than real concerns about an attempted “revolution.” Because, judging by her most recent statements, she really has no problem with a revolution – as long as it’s for a cause dear to her.

With the legality of abortion in the national spotlight, Shaheen has thrown more gasoline on the uncontrollable flames of partisanship in recent days when she predicted there would be a “revolution” if the Supreme Court overturned its ruling. history Roe v. Wade.

“I hope the Supreme Court is listening to the people of the United States because… I think if you want to see a revolution unfold, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is from the public, especially the young people,” she declared. noted. “Because I think it won’t be acceptable for young women or young men. “

In the biggest challenge to abortion rights in decades, the Supreme Court signaled on December 1 that it would allow states to ban abortion much earlier in pregnancy and could even overturn national law that has existed since. nearly 50 years old, the Associated Press reported. With hundreds of protesters outside, the judges heard arguments that could decide the fate of the Roe v. Wade’s 1973 abortion court in the United States and his 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, who reaffirmed Roe.

The outcome of the case will probably not be known until next June.

But Shaheen did not wait for the court ruling. Instead, she quickly joined in what has been a continuing attack on the legitimacy of the court.

In 2020, as the court considered another abortion law, Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., called on Tory Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, telling the Supreme Court, “I mean to tell you, Gorsuch , I mean, Kavanaugh, you started the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. Judges “won’t know what hit them” if they rule the wrong way on abortion, Schumer added.

Shaheen became the last to insist that the court decide its way – or else.

State Representative Kurt Wuelper, a Republican from Shaheen’s home state of New Hampshire, accused her of “fomenting violence and extremism.”

“I think it is totally inappropriate for anyone currently in office to suggest that a Supreme Court ruling … would lead to a revolution,” Wuelper told the Washington Times. ” It’s scandalous. Talk about fomenting violence and extremism.

Schumer was wrong in 2020. Shaheen is wrong now.

Making abortion a campaign platform is one thing and it is certainly anyone’s constitutional right. After all, Democrats and Republicans have debated abortion rights in every election cycle in recent history.

But to call for revolution if the court does not rule in your favor? Threaten the judges and say they will “pay the price” if a decision does not suit you?

It’s completely off limits.

Whether they come from Democrats or Republicans – or those who are not aligned with any of the major parties – threats to the tribunal have no place in our society and should be condemned by all parties.

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