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The Far Right Is Already Trying To Reframe SCOTUS Leak As An “Insurrection”

The Far Right Is Already Trying To Reframe SCOTUS Leak As An “Insurrection”

Republicans have been searching since January 6th, 2021, for something to frame as the “real” insurrection, because apparently projection never gets old if you’re the one doing it. They’ve turned their whataboutism to the protests and riots that rose up in response to racial injustice, and the former president has even tried to frame his re-election loss as the “real insurrection.” The latest? A leak of what seems to be a SCOTUS opinion draft.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 23: Associate Justice Samuel Alito sits during a group photo of the Justices at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 23, 2021. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

Yes, as midterms draw near, Republicans are so desperate to point any finger possible, that they’re actually framing a leaked document — granted from a body that has never had such a leak in its history — as the equivalent of an armed attack on Congress and an attempt to overthrow the U.S. government.

Monday night, Turning Point USA‘s Benny Johnson declared the leak “an insurrection on the legal system.”

Senator Marco Rubio added his two cents Tuesday morning, retweeting a Vox journalist who described the leak [a someone on the inside deciding to (proverbially) “burn this place down.” Rubio suggested that this was a “leftist call[] to insurrection” and that the January 6th Committee should be investigating it.

Fox host Tomi Lahren weighed in too, announcing on the air that she believed the leak would lead to protests and “dare I say, an insurrection.”

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“I know that’s a dirty word,” she added.

Leaks from the top court in the nation matter, of course, as do assaults on established rights and freedoms, and there are already responses from politicians and their constituents in defense of both, but surely trying to call everything (except an actual attempted coup) an insurrection has to get old at some point, right?

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