The media has used the politics of fear since the second Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court. According to the left the world will end if President Trump gets his nominee confirmed (he will and the world won’t). Take for instance the mashup in this video of mostly MSNBC and CNN anchors and guests discussing the apocalyptic consequences of the coming Supreme Court announcement.
Grabien sets the stage for us:
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi narrated a segment listing various things gay Americans will likely lose under the new court. “If I were involved in a same-sex marriage” in a conservative state, Velshi said, “I’d be panicking.”
MSNBC analyst Midwin Charles said that with the exception of “straight, white males,” everyone should be “freaking out” about the next Supreme Court justice.
An editor at the Daily Beast, Erin Gloria Ryan, said that if Trump were to pick a woman for the job, she should be known as the villain in “A Handmaid’s Tale” due to her anticipated antipathy to preserving federal abortion guarantees. Another CNN guest, Neal Katyal, said the next justice could take the Court “in a really dangerous direction.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow cautioned that birth control could soon become illegal and told viewers that this is a “pull the fire alarm moment.”
MSNBC contributor Al Sharpton cryptically cautioned: “All human and civil rights are at stake.”
CNN contributor and MoveOn.org adviser, Karine Jean-Pierre, said the rights of workers, women, gays and transgenders “could be gone.”
“Everything is at stake when you’re looking at the SCOTUS pick, everything that we worked for for decades is on stake, abortion, working — worker’s rights, everything, same-sex marriage, LGBTQ rights, everything that we have worked so hard for now could be gone,” Jean Pierre warned.
CNN’s Baraki Sellers said the damage won’t just be over the short-term, but will last “for generations to come.”
Of course, that’s not all. Washinton Post columnist Jennifer Rubin said Roe v. Wade would be overturned and “50 civil wars” would be ignited. MSNBC guest Dorothy Roberts said women would be arrested for having miscarriages and stillbirths.
Even Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Trump is “literally trying to punish women.” She added, “It’s an issue of life or death.” In a separate appearance, Gillibrand said this nominee will determine “whether we are going to criminalize women, whether we are going to be arresting women for making decisions about their bodies.”