A recent Supreme Court ruling has left CNN’s Van Jones visibly distressed and critical of the Trump-appointed justices on the court. Jones believes that these justices are intentionally reshaping the United States and sees this as part of a long-term plan that has been in motion for decades.
According to Jones, the atmosphere in the CNN studio following the ruling was somber, resembling a funeral. He expressed his discontent over the decisions made by the court, claiming they are detrimental to inclusion and equal opportunity for those who are less privileged. In his view, this is a tragedy that can be traced back to a deliberate strategy pursued by conservatives to manipulate the courts and achieve their desired outcomes.
Jones pointed out the efforts of the Federalist Society in organizing conservative law students on college campuses in the 1980s and 1990s. He also highlighted Senator Mitch McConnell’s focus on stacking the courts and obstructing former President Barack Obama’s nominees. He believes that the three Trump-appointed justices on the Supreme Court are now playing a role in reshaping America in accordance with conservative values and ideals.
One of Jones’ main concerns is the erosion of established legal principles. He argued that standing, which previously required a party to have a legitimate interest to bring a case before the Supreme Court, no longer seems to matter. He pointed to a recent case involving LGBTQ rights, where a woman who had not been sued and had no reason to be in court was able to bring the case. Jones suggested that the court’s disregard for precedent and willingness to entertain any theory to target certain groups is deeply troubling.
Jones believes that this crisis of legitimacy is a response by conservatives to losing public opinion to a more diverse and inclusive generation. He sees their use of the Supreme Court as a means to restrict opportunities for future generations of Americans, and he finds this shocking.
In a video shared by Real Clear Politics, Jones passionately delivers his analysis, emphasizing the drastic impact of these rulings on the principles he once taught in law school. He also draws attention to the negative impact on marginalized communities, who he feels are being further marginalized by the court’s decisions.
Overall, Jones’ reaction to the recent SCOTUS rulings highlights his strong concerns about the direction in which he believes the court is taking the country.