Reminiscent of bratty environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s memorable “How Dare You” attack on world leaders, Vice President Kamala Harris railed against Republican leaders who are trying to “weaponize” the law against women on Tuesday evening.
Speaking at an event for EMILY’s List, an abortion rights group which tries to elect pro-choice female candidates to Congress, Harris declared war on the Supreme Court after a draft opinion showing that a majority of justices are prepared to strike down Roe v. Wade was leaked on Monday night. Harris’ speech had been scheduled prior to the leak.
Although they’ve tried, the Supreme Court is one of the few institutions Democrats haven’t managed to corrupt.
Harris expanded upon a brief statement she had released earlier in the day which framed the overturning of Roe v. Wade as a threat to “the rights of all Americans.”
“Women’s rights in America are under attack,” the Vice President began. [Timestamp: 4:20] “Roe v. Wade has protected a woman’s right – her right – to make decisions about her own body for nearly half a century.”
“If the court overturns Roe v. Wade it will be a direct assault on freedom — on the fundamental right of self-determination to which all Americans are entitled, she said.”
“In thirteen of those states, women would lose access to abortion immediately and outright. Those Republican leaders who are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women.”
It was at this point she went off the rails. Her anger rising, she cried, “Well we say, ‘How dare they! How dare they tell a woman what she can do and cannot not do with her own body. How dare they. How dare they try to stop her from determining her own future. How dare they try to deny women their rights and their freedoms.”
“They want to bully anyone who seeks or provides reproductive health care, and they want to criminalize and punish women for making these decisions.”
“At its core, Roe recognizes the fundamental right to privacy. Think about that for a moment. When the right to privacy is attacked, anyone in our country may face a future where the government can interfere with their personal decisions. Not just women. Anyone.”
The irony is rich.
“And it has never been more clear which party wants to expand our rights and which party wants to restrict them,” Harris said. “It has never been more clear which party wants to lead us forward. And which party wants to push us back. You know, some Republican leaders, they want to take us back to a time before Roe v. Wade.”
“But we’re not going back. We are not going back.”
Although the party that controls the White House typically loses seats in Congress during the midterms, rarely has a party faced such dismal electoral prospects as the Democrats do this year.
News of the leak has provided a lifeline for the embattled administration and they have run with it. And Harris’ speech provided some clues to their planned strategy.
First, this story immediately diverted attention from record high inflation, a looming recession, the spike in crime, the crisis at our southern border, allegations of the president’s potential involvement in his son’s overseas business affairs and so much more.
It’s also given them a club with which to bludgeon Republicans, a chance to go on the offense. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the legality of abortions will be left to the states as it should be in a federal system. But Harris has portrayed it as an attack on a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.
Additionally, aside from the obvious fact that Democrats’ vaccine mandates are an attack on all Americans’ right to make decisions about their own bodies, Harris frames this as a nationwide ban on abortion. As usual, she’s not being truthful.
Woman who want abortions will still have access to safe, legal abortions in roughly half of the states.
Harris has set this up as an attack on rights, which it is not, and she’s vowing to “fight” against it. Channeling Patrick Henry, she concludes her remarks with a rallying cry, “Let us fight for our country and for the principles upon which it was founded, and let us fight with everything we have got.”
Since when was abortion one of the “principles” upon which America was founded? Abortion has never been a constitutional right.
The White House has seized this opportunity because they are desperate. They’ve got nothing else. Just as despair was setting in, along came this extraordinary gift. Conspicuously missing from Harris’ speech was the outrageousness of the leak itself.
I’d like to believe the truth will prevail, but this party is practiced in the art of deception. They’ve learned from experience that if they can keep their phony narrative alive through the midterms, they might be able to stem some of the losses they know are coming.
This is shameless and disrespectful to our apolitical court system. If the leak itself wasn’t enough to drag the Supreme Court down, the White House is going full tilt to turn this into a major political battle with the court itself at the center.
Since the administration’s dream of packing the court didn’t pan out, they’ll have to settle for delegitimizing it. It won’t be as easy as they think.
But for the Democrats, it’s game on.
A previous version of this article was published on The Western Journal.
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