Since the leak of the draft opinion from the Supreme Court taking away Constitutional protections of privacy in health care, robbing pregnant people of the right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy, there has been nothing but outrage — on the right. No, they’re not upset at the further eroding of human rights. They’re angry on behalf of a handful of judges who might face backlash for that erosion.
Right-wing politicians and media have argued that the leak was intended to cause violence against SCOTUS Justices, and have decried the protests taking place around the Supreme Court in a way they couldn’t find the energy for when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. They’re particularly upset about protests taking place outside the homes of some Justices, which they seem to deem inherently an act of violence.
The Daily Show called out right-wing media — specifically Fox News — on this hypocrisy, dropping a mashup video that alternates conservative media hosts expressing shock and outrage at the backlash Justices are facing, with footage of actual harassment and violence perpetrated against abortion providers and seekers.
Fox News is upset about protesters outside judges’ homes and apparently has no idea what’s been going on for the last 40 years pic.twitter.com/2nrVXsIryD
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 10, 2022
In less than a minute and a half, the Daily Show‘s compilation puts hypocrisy in the spotlight. No Justice, or any other elected or appointed official, should face violent threats for doing their job. Neither should anyone who is providing or receiving a medical service, nor should pregnant people be condemned to surrender their bodily autonomy to someone else’s religious beliefs legislated upon the nation.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com