Biden calls Supreme Court more of an ‘advocacy group’ than ‘even-handed’ court
President Joe Biden is ratcheting up his criticism of the Supreme Court, claiming it is acting less like an impartial judicial institution and more like an “advocacy group.”
The critique of the high court was delivered Tuesday at a fundraiser for Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) as Biden asked citizens to vote in the midterm elections.
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“I view this off-year election as one of the most important elections that I’ve been engaged in because a lot can change because the institutions have changed. The Supreme Court is more an advocacy group these days than it is an even-handed [court],” Biden said, according to CNN.
Biden has been vocal in his opposition to the Supreme Court in light of recent decisions by the conservative-majority court, specifically decisions on abortion, the Environmental Protection Agency, and his COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The president slammed the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to return the issue of abortion access to the states, saying that “the consequences and the consensus of the American people, core principles of equality, liberty, dignity, and stability of the rule of law demand that Roe should not have been overturned.”
The new term is the first with Biden-appointed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who replaced Justice Stephen Breyer after he retired at the end of the last term. The addition of Jackson did not change the ideological balance of the court, with there being six conservative justices to three liberal ones.
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The Supreme Court is expected to make decisions on cases relating to voting rights, affirmative action for college admissions, and religious liberty during the term, which began last week.