Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) tore into the Supreme Court’s Monday decisions, with his particularly harsh words saved for the majority opinion’s author: Justice Samuel Alito.
Speaking with Ed Schultz about the court’s two Monday decisions — a 5-4 ruling in favor of “closely held” corporations like Hobby Lobby not being required by law to extend contraceptive coverage in its employee health care plans; and their 5-4 Harris v. Quinn ruling that Illinois-based home health care workers cannot be compelled to financially support a union — Ellison suggested that SCOTUS has been nothing but anti-worker as of late.
“Whether it’s Citizens United, or Hobby Lobby, which also came down, or Harris v. Quinn, this Supreme Court is extremely busy and doesn’t have much regard for precedent at all,” Ellison said.
“In fact, in this case today, Harris v. Quinn, Alito — Justice Alito, I try to call him Justice Alito, but Mister Alito,” he sneered, “actually took a swing at [Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 1977], which is a case of many, many years of precedent, but spoke disparagingly about the case. But thank goodness it’s still the law.”
Watch below, via MSNBC:
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