On Friday morning, CNN’s New Day spent a complete phase with The Nation‘s Elie Mystal that demanded liberal Supreme Courtroom Justice Stephen Breyer to retire instantly and never linger a second longer in order that President Joe Biden can agency a liberal alternative or danger having Breyer or a Democratic senator die when both Republicans retake the Senate or the White Home.
Moreover, the identical CNN that recently fired former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) over what was arguably a slipshod selection of phrases (which he corrected) confirmed a double customary by having on Mystal regardless of a historical past of racist commentary excoriating whites in his frequent appearances on MSNBC.
Co-host John Berman — who has a historical past of repeatedly mentioning Senate Republican Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refusing to let President Barack Obama appoint a Supreme Courtroom justice in his final yr — launched the phase:
So, because the Supreme Courtroom approaches the tip of the time period this month, all eyes are on whether or not 82-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer will announce any potential retirement plans which might enable President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats to exchange him with a a lot youthful liberal maybe.
He then introduced aboard his liberal visitor, boasting:
He (You) simply wrote a bit titled, “It is Time for Stephen Breyer to Retire from the Supreme Courtroom,” so we all know the place you stand on this. It is an in depth piece. Everybody ought to go learn it. You say it might be malpractice for him to not step down now. Why?
Mystal complained that Supreme Courtroom justices regularly delay retiring till an age when they’re in better hazard of passing away whereas nonetheless in workplace, creating an sudden open seat to be crammed. He additionally famous that conservatives have a 6-3 stable majority despite the fact that each events have held the presidency for about an equal period of time over the past 32 years.
Berman adopted up by inviting his visitor to elucidate why he thought it was necessary for Justice Breyer to retire instantly, main Mystal to level out that, with solely a one-vote majority within the Senate, Democrats might simply lose that majority at any time by the sudden demise of a Senator whose alternative is likely to be appointed by a Republican governor.
As for Mystal’s historical past of inflammatory feedback, simply a few weeks in the past, he declared that white People (that means Republicans) at all times nominate their “trashiest individual” as candidates as he took a shot at Donald Trump.
He is additionally declared that it was essential to “destroy” white Trump supporters in the 2020 presidential election, and derided white males as “scrubs” who is not going to do their half to cease dangerous political leaders from getting elected.
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CNN’s New Day
June 4, 2021
7:56 a.m. Japanese
JOHN BERMAN: So, because the Supreme Courtroom approaches the tip of the time period this month, all eyes are on whether or not 82-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer will announce any potential retirement plans which might enable President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats to exchange him with a a lot youthful liberal maybe.
Becoming a member of us now could be Elie Mystal. He is the Justice correspondent for The Nation journal and a fellow at Kind Media Middle. He simply wrote a bit titled, “It is Time for Stephen Breyer to Retire from the Supreme Courtroom,” so we all know the place you stand on this. It is an in depth piece. Everybody ought to go learn it. You say it might be malpractice for him to not step down now. Why?
ELIE MYSTAL, THE NATION MAGAZINE: Yeah, nicely, we will not hold permitting the random wheel of demise to decide on how our legal guidelines are interpreted. It is a mistake that liberals or the conservatives make again and again. They view themselves as indispensable, they view themselves as irreplaceable, after which they die. As all people should, they die, however they die at inopportune instances the place their replacements are picked by presidents of the reverse get together. And it is considered one of the large causes we now have a Supreme Courtroom that’s slanted in direction of justices picked by Republican Presidents versus justices picked by Democratic Presidents. For over the past 32 years, we have had 16 years of Democratic Presidents and 16 years of Republican Presidents. However Republicans have managed the Supreme Courtroom proper now by a margin of 6-3. It is due to choices like the one Breyer is making proper now.
BERMAN: And also you word this is not an concern of Breyer possibly suspending it a yr. You already know, Joe Biden has bought 4 years in workplace — possibly wait till yr three or yr 4. You say, “Uh-uh, it’s important to do it now — you may’t even wait till 2022.” Why?
MYSTAL: Properly, there are too many — nicely, what Mitch McConnell has confirmed when he stole the Supreme Courtroom seat from Barack Obama that ought to have gone to Merrick Garland and gave it to Neil Gorsuch — what Mitch McConnell has confirmed is that he is not going to — he’ll merely not affirm a justice appointed by a Democratic President. That — we know that. That is not a guess. That is a truth. So if we expect — if we extrapolate from there, if we go previous the 2022 midterms, there’s an opportunity that Mitch McConnell retakes the Senate, and that means Breyer can form of by no means retire as a result of Mitch McConnell won’t ever affirm his alternative.
Nevertheless it will get worse than that as a result of proper now the Democrat majority within the Senate is, , Kamala Harris’s 51st vote, proper?. If any Democratic Senator dies in a state the place they are often changed by a Republican, Mitch McConnell as soon as once more can block Breyer’s alternative. So if Pat Leahy in Vermont dies below a Republican governor, gone. If Jon Tester in Montana will get hit by, , a caribou or no matter they’ve up there — if he goes, bam, that is it for the Democratic majority. So daily Breyer stays on the Courtroom is one other day Mitch McConnell will get to spin that wheel of demise and see if he will get sufficient votes to cease his alternative.
BERMAN: Elie Mystal with some blunt speak, I believe, proper now for our pal Justice Breyer and others. We recognize you being with us. The piece is in The Nation. It’s fairly intensive and well worth the learn. Recognize it.
MSNBC’s The Cross Connection
Could 22, 2021
11:10 a.m. Japanese
ELIE MYSTAL, THE NATION MAGAZINE: The result of the 2016 election was the revenge and the return of white supremacy. That is what that was. That precise energy imbalance that you just had been speaking about earlier, that is all 2016 was, proper?
TIFFANY CROSS: Yeah.
MYSTAL: We had a black President, and white folks bought tremendous pissed off with that, and so they discovered the least certified, lowest account, trashiest individual — white individual that they might discover to carry him up as their god, proper? And that is precisely what they’re doing with Marjorie Taylor Greene proper now. I wrote a column about this final week about —
MYSTAL: — it is the identical dynamic utilizing Marjorie Taylor Greene to oppose AOC. White folks will at all times discover their form of — their trashiest residents to rise up in opposition to our greatest residents. That is simply how they be, so —
TIFFANY CROSS, HOST: That is form of how they be, yeah. Properly, we form of be a bit bored with it.