Pelosi Claims Supreme Court "Undermining Democracy" After Decision in Wisconsin Election Case Pelosi Claims Supreme Court "Undermining Democracy" After Decision in Wisconsin Election Case

Pelosi Claims Supreme Court “Undermining Democracy” After Decision in Wisconsin Election Case


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Nancy Pelosi has shown her true colors during the COVID crisis.

First, she held up the stimulus bill, making Americans and small businesses wait longer for assistance, so that she could include all sorts of unnecessary measures in the bill.

Next, rather than spend her time focusing on combating the virus, she formed a House committee to investigate the Trump Administration’s response to the COVID crisis.

This week, she’s focusing on going after the Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 decision, the country’s highest court ruled that the Wisconsin election would proceed as planned, instead of being delayed as many Democrats wished.

Nancy Pelosi couldn’t contain her disappointment in the court.

Check it out:

Newsweek has the details on Pelosi's statements:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has condemned the Supreme Court over its decision to block Wisconsin from allowing primary voters to send in absentee ballots past Tuesday, the state's primary voting day, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In a 5-4 vote, conservative justices blocked a lower court order that would have allowed Wisconsin to extend absentee voting until April 13, giving residents more time to vote from home amid the pandemic.

The majority opinion from the Supreme Court was that "extending the date by which ballots may be cast by voters—not just received by the municipal clerks but cast by voters—for an additional six days after the scheduled election day fundamentally alters the nature of the election."

As a result, the majority opinion said justices felt compelled to prevent the lower district court from pushing back the date.

"The court would prefer not to do so, but when a lower court intervenes and alters the election rules so close to the election date, our precedents indicate that this court, as appropriate, should correct that error," it said.

The Supreme Court's decision came just hours before the Wisconsin Supreme Court similarly shut down efforts from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to postpone Tuesday's vote until July 9 and allow mail and absentee ballots to be sent in before then.

Evers had issued an executive order to postpone the primary vote over fears that it would force residents to put their lives in danger by leaving the house to vote at a time when Americans are being advised to stay home and practice social distancing.

Following the two rulings, ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday and will be accepted until April 13.

Speaking with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Pelosi condemned the U.S. Supreme Court for forcing voters to decide between exercising their rights and prioritizing their health.

"People should not have to decide whether they can vote or be sick. That's just not a good choice for anyone in a democracy," Pelosi said.

"And you would think that the Supreme Court of the United States would not overturn a court decision which gave the voters extra time to do a vote by mail...a few more days to get their vote-by-mail ballot in," she said. "So, you have the Supreme Court of the United States undermining our democracy. It's really shameful. Five to four, surprise, surprise."

It's important to note, however, what Pelosi missed in the court's ruling. The majority explicitly stated that the ruling was not their opinion on whether the election should or should not be held, but rather whether a federal judge had the authority to alter the election.

The Washington Examiner adds:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opposed holding the election as scheduled, writing in her dissent: “The question here is whether tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens can vote safely in the midst of a pandemic. Under the District Court’s order, they would be able to do so. Even if they receive their absentee ballot in the days immediately following election day, they could return it.

“With the majority’s stay in place, that will not be possible. Either they will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others’ safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin’s citizens, the integrity of the State’s election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation.”

The judges in the majority opinion argued that they were ruling on the "narrow question" of whether a federal judge was entitled to change a state’s absentee-voting procedures just days before an election, and not on the "broader question" of whether to hold the election.

“The court’s decision on the narrow question before the court should not be viewed as expressing an opinion on the broader question of whether to hold the election, or whether other reforms or modifications in election procedures in light of Covid-19 are appropriate,” the unsigned opinion read. “That point cannot be stressed enough.”

Check out Pelosi's comments that she made on the Rachel Maddow show below:


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