Joe Scarborough said there was a lot of blame to go around as President Donald Trump became poised yesterday to permanently alter the ideological balance of the Supreme Court, but he also had a moment of anger on Thursday’s “Morning Joe” saved for Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton didn’t visit Wisconsin and didn’t visit Michigan enough,” said Scarborough. “Hillary never had a message. She ran a horrible campaign, and this is just, this is a consequence of it.”
Scarborough compared Clinton unfavorably to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old woman who unseated 10-team Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a New York primary earlier this week, saying that Ocasio-Cortez’s message was “more inspiring in three minutes than what Hillary Clinton gave us in two years.”
On Thursday, the MSNBC host and former GOP congressman said that while he had his differences with Trump, appointing a new Supreme Court justices was just a part of the job.
“If Mitch McConnell subverted what should be the Senate’s constitutional norms of checks and balance, well then damn it, Democrats can try to do the same thing.”
On Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy — the court’s crucial swing vote — announced that he would retire from the Supreme Court on July 31. Kennedy had served on the bench since 1988 after being appointed by Ronald Reagan.
The decision was applauded by conservatives, looking to roll back decisions on LGBT and abortion rights to which Kennedy had been central. On Wednesday, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin bluntly predicted that abortion would be illegal in 20 states within 18 months.