Is SCOTUS Afraid of Holding Trump to Account? | Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick | Law, justice, and...

by 24USATVFeb. 10, 2024, 11:50 a.m. 18
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Oral arguments at the Supreme Court Thursday in Trump v. Anderson revealed a lot about some of the justices’ commitment to the primacy of originalism. Noah Bookbinder, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, joins Dahlia Lithwick to discuss why his organization took up and pursued the long shot case to try to keep former President Donald J Trump off the ballot in Colorado. While the Supreme Court appeared to have little appetite for taking the big swing to find that Trump had disqualified himself from office when he engaged in an insurrection, Noah insists the case is far from having been in vain - eloquently highlighting the dangerous potential consequences of inaction. It's a chilling reminder of what’s at stake. Next, Dahlia is joined by slate senior writer Mark Joseph Stern to discuss whether the liberal justices have some grand bargain in mind as they offered multiple off-ramps for Trump’s side, despite dozens of bipartisan briefs arguing for Trump to be kept off the ballot, the court’s originalist’s sudden concern for consequences in this case, when they have had no interest in weighing the life and death consequences for ordinary people in cases concerning guns and abortion. Finally, they tackle a worrying undercurrent to Thursday’s arguments: an apparent capitulation to threats of chaos and violence as a basis for deciding constitutional cases. In our Slate Plus segment, Mark sticks around to discuss a landmark gun decision out of the Hawaii Supreme Court, and why it’s a problem that DOJ’s special counsel, Robert Hur, issued a report declining to prosecute, but affirming that Joe Biden is old (hint: the problem isn’t that he’s old). Sign up for Slate Plus now to listen and support our show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Note: Captions are auto-generated by YouTube. Follow Amicus on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng-3tjDvFUM&list=PLYjxRBfBp4sz9wJ6z55aeBGvJYkThJ6Pa Subscribe to Slate: https://www.youtube.com/slate Learn more: https://slate.com/podcasts/amicus Follow Slate on Social: Host Dahlia Lithwick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dahlialithwick Slate on Twitter - https://twitter.com/slate Slate Podcasts on Twitter - https://twitter.com/SlatePodcasts Slate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slate Slate on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slate/

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