CNN’s David Gregory on Trump Appointing Anti-Roe v Wade Justice: ‘That’s Why We Have Elections’
On CNN on Monday, Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Political Analyst David Gregory discussed the pending nomination for the Supreme Court that President Donald Trump will announce Monday night.
After a good deal of discussion regarding qualifications and background — including the notable point from CNN’s John Avlon that three of the top four contenders are graduates of neither Harvard nor Yale, adding a bit of educational diversity to the mix — the discussion turned to the idea of being “results oriented.”
Gregory suggested that qualifications should be the deciding factor, while Toobin argued that the background doesn’t really matter, only figuring out how they will vote on specific political issues.
“It’s also this idea that it has to be somehow results-oriented as opposed to qualifications and judgment,” said Gregory. “That’s what you should be reviewing instead of being able to divine a particular result.”
“I think being results-oriented is a good idea,’ said Toobin. “I think that’s what matters on the Supreme Court.”
“You know I think it’s wonderful that Thomas Hardiman drove a cab to go through law school but, ultimately, so what?” he said. “You know, I mean, what really matters in what these justices do is how they vote. And, we go through this process and, you know, we hear all this biographical stuff, and Sonia Sotomayor grew up poor in the Bronx and, you know, Neil Gorsuch is a wonderful skier and is very proud of that, but like, who cares about and of this stuff?”
Gregory countered that doing this gets you in a precarious position.
“But Jeffrey then you get into a cycle of, you’re going to punish people because of their views — this is why we have presidential elections,” he argued. “If the president wants to appoint somebody who may overturn Roe v. Wade, I meant that’s why we have elections.”
Toobin said he agrees, adding “elections have consequences,” but emphasized again that the confirmation hearings should focus on the decisions that future Justices might theoretically make as it pertains to specific hot issues rather than focusing on their resume, qualifications, or fitness for the job.
Gregory low-key blasted Toobin’s position to close the segment, saying that “this is just another means of politics.”
It’s both sides “wanting to weed out their political enemies, instead of focusing on whether these are people who have the right judgment to apply the law to the decisions that come before them, which is what we’re supposed to be deciding,” he said.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.
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