For the last 18 months or so since the Capitol riot, Republicans have been treated to a chorus of hypocritical lectures from Democrats, their NeverTrump allies, and the mainstream media about how it is unconscionable and un-American to “disrespect our sacred institutions” and “undermine our democracy” by doing things Democrats have done in the past like question election results.
Not surprisingly, those “rules” magically fly right out the window when these same Democrats are hit with election results they don’t like or a judicial ruling on which they don’t agree, something we’ve seen play out on a national level in a dangerous way since the Friday Supreme Court ruling where a majority of Justices agreed that Roe v. Wade must be overturned.
For starters, we had Biden DOJ Attorney General Merrick Garland pledge in so many words to try and do a Biden-approved end-run around the SCOTUS ruling, proclaiming that the “Justice Department will use every tool at our disposal to protect reproductive freedom,” his statement read. “And we will not waver from this Department’s founding responsibility to protect the civil rights of all Americans.”
Perhaps even more disturbing, however, were comments Health and Human Services Sec. Xavier Becerra made during a Saturday interview at the Aspen Ideas: Health festival when asked by NBC News “reporter” Kate Snow what he was doing “concretely” to try to “help women” in response to the court’s ruling. Becerra slipped up and mentioned that his department was exploring options for helping transport from one state to another any woman who wanted an abortion.
When Snow asked if it was “legal” for his department to do so, Becerra began laughing and playing a cat and mouse game, “joking” about how he couldn’t say much more because he was being filmed.
HHS Sec. Becerra is asked if it's legal to assist in providing transportation for out-of-state abortions:
"I would tell you if—uh, you're recording, so I won't tell you." pic.twitter.com/xQl3rfbjXA
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 27, 2022
No doubt with the knowledge in mind that the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding for abortion-related services except in cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) responded accordingly to Becerra’s remarks:
Under no circumstance https://t.co/UWZ9wDRxM7
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 27, 2022
🚨Xavier Becerra is a radical pick to lead @HHSGov. He has no experience to fight COVID-19 and his support of Medicare-for-All & taxpayer funding for abortion leave him unfit to hold a position of public trust. 👇 my letter w/ @SenTomCotton to @POTUS asking he withdraw his nom. pic.twitter.com/MGhBLqySEG
— Rep. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) February 22, 2021
The next move should be for Becerra to be hauled before a Senate committee to further expand on his comments, preferably as the cameras roll since he didn’t seem too keen on being filmed on the issue Saturday. After all, if a cabinet Secretary in Joe Biden’s administration is orchestrating a violation of federal law behind the scenes after he swore an oath to uphold the law, the American people deserve to know about it.