JULY 2, 2022
- Comedian Jon Stewart on Thursday said the Supreme Court is the “Fox News of justice.”
- Speaking on his TV show, Stewart said the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was not “based in any kind of reasoned debate or philosophical education.”
- “They are a cynical political arm,” Stewart said of the Supreme Court.
Comedian Jon Stewart on Thursday criticized the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide.
The Supreme Court is now “the Fox News of justice,” he said on talk show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart.”
“I mean, there is no consistency. States can’t regulate guns, but they can regulate [uteruses], you know?” he continued.
He said the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade does not seem to be “based in any kind of reasoned debate or philosophical education.”
The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade sparked protests nationwide. Since the decision was made public, a slew of prominent individuals from musician Jack White to lawmakers such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have blasted the ruling. Attorney General Merrick Garland condemned the court’s decision, saying on Friday that it’s a “devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States.”
The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 vote on Friday.
The opinion was written by Justice Samuel Alito and supported by conservative justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, three of whom were appointed by former President Donal Trump.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote in the opinion. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
The justices’ previous statements on Roe v. Wade have come into sharp focus after the landmark reversal. Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin said they were misled by Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.
Here’s what each justice said at the time of their nomination.
Stewart on Thursday added on to the blowback.
“It is a cynical pursuit in the same way that Fox News would come out with ‘we’re fair and balanced’ under the patina of what would be a high-status pursuit to the betterment of society, journalism,” he said. “They are a cynical political arm.”
He also railed against the justice confirmation process.
“When you look at the ridiculous kabuki theater now of justice confirmation, where they can just go out there and just fucking lie, like if this were about debate, then they would’ve understood what perjury meant,” he said.
Following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin said they felt misled by Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch during their individual confirmation hearings. The two senators, both pro-choice, voted to confirm Kavanaugh and Gorsuch because they assured them that they believed Roe v. Wade was law.
Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, however, voted to strike down Roe earlier this week.
Stewart in his criticism of the justice confirmation process joins other prominent figures who’ve spoken out against it as well.
Ocasio-Cortez, for example, said last week that she believes it’s an “impeachable offense” for a Supreme Court justice to lie under oath.