As time goes on, the Trump administration continues with its reshaping of the face of American government. One of the latest opportunities opened up for President Donald Trump and his allies to do that after Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from his position on the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump has since announced his nominee to replace Kennedy, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, which has given the opportunity for many on the left to grow increasingly concerned with the future direction of national policy.
During an appearance on CNN this week, Vice President Mike Pence made a show of attempting to tiptoe around those fears while in reality confirming them as valid. Although he claimed his personal beliefs and those of the president to have not weighed on Trump’s decision to nominate Kavanaugh, it’s not as though anyone expected Trump to nominate a social liberal to the court.
Pence admitted while on CNN that yes, he still hopes to see the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal across the entire country overturned.
He told interviewer Dana Bash when asked if he wanted Roe v. Wade upended:
‘Well, I do, but I haven’t been nominated to the Supreme Court.’
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) July 10, 2018
No, Pence hasn’t been nominated to the Supreme Court, but these are the kinds of people currently driving not just the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court in the event of vacancies, but every other aspect of American government as well. They believe that medical procedures that sometimes may be incredibly necessary should be outlawed because they run afoul of their private religious convictions.
It’s not as though there is some preponderance of concrete evidence that abortion should be illegal; it’s a medical procedure that is going to be performed at some points, somewhere whether religious individuals like it or not. Even still, they remain adamantly opposed to the whole idea, preferring to ignore the opportunity to regulate and ensure the safety of the performance of the procedure and also refusing to offer support for those who may turn to it at other points.
It’s ironic that those on the right are sure of the fact that outlawing abortion is necessary while repeating the line over and over again that gun control regulations won’t end all gun violence as if at least some violence against children and adults shouldn’t be ended. They like regulations when it suits them, picking out narrow-minded arguments to support their positions when they feel like it.
Pence tried to gloss over these issues while speaking to Dana Bash this week, insisting to her:
‘What the president was looking for here was a nominee who will respect the Constitution as written, who will faithfully uphold the Constitution in all of his interpretations of the law.’
He held to that argument throughout continued questioning by Bash, who repeatedly pointed out how the Trump campaign ran on a pledge to find judges to put on the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. The promise wouldn’t be the first one to fail to be fulfilled, but for now, we have to wait and see what Kavanaugh does on the nation’s highest court should he make it through his confirmation hearings.
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