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On Thursday morning, CNN Newsroom dedicated nearly an entire hour to discussing two recent Supreme Court decisions on the 2020 census and on a gerrymandering case. The panel, hosted by CNN anchor Poppy Harlow, used that time to bash Chief Justice John Roberts and the rest of the conservative majority.
The high court handed down a simple 5-4 decision stating that the Court was above politics, and that it’s not their business how districts are drawn. This infuriated the panel, and particularly struck a nerve Elizabeth Wydra, president of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center:
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[I]t happens on both sides but as Jeffrey said right now, it is definitely being used more by the Republican Party and as he said, if Chief Justice Roberts and his court decide not to decide, that is really going to help the fate – the future fate of the Republican Party, as the demographics change. You know, this goes hand in hand with the census case because we're seeing ways that the Republican Party is trying to change the system, so they can still stay ahead even with the changes in our country.
Jeffrey Toobin continued Wydra’s narrative moments later in the show:
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Two points, one, huge victory for the Republican Party here because it's the Republicans who control most of these states, who control Ohio, who control Florida, who will be redistricting following the 2020 census and now this is a green light to jam all the Democrats into a handful of districts and put the Republicans in control of all the rest of them.
But wait -- the two cases the court was considering were a Republican districting plan in North Carolina and....a Democrat districting plan in Maryland. So it's harder to push a Republican conspiracy theory when they ruled in favor of Maryland Democrats.
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