June 26, 2022

Former President Donald Trump shared his response to the leak of Supreme Courtroom Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that might overturn Roe v. Wade in the USA, revealing what he thought concerning the controversy in an interview with David Brody of Actual America’s Voice on Wednesday.

“I’ll say the leak was a horrible factor, you might be simply not used to that for the Supreme Courtroom,” Trump informed Brody.

“ you attempt to cowl these leaks. However you’ve by no means seen it, or they’ve not often seen it, within the Supreme court docket. It was very surprising, I feel. I feel it was a really unhealthy factor for the nation,” Trump added.

The draft opinion was leaked to Politico and launched on Monday, sparking outrage from abortion rights activists who’ve been protesting throughout the nation. Counter-protesters have additionally joined the fray, together with one faculty pupil who climbed the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco to boost cash for anti-abortion charities.

That is the primary leaked draft opinion from SCOTUS in U.S. historical past. There have been leaks from the Supreme Courtroom earlier than, however by no means a draft opinion. The opinion was drafted in February and solely just lately launched to the general public, sparking debates about who might have leaked the doc to Politico.

A few of Trump’s Republican colleagues have known as for the one that leaked the doc to be discovered and prosecuted. Nonetheless, in the course of the interview Trump didn’t specific his opinion on abortion, solely speaking concerning the leak particularly.

Trump acknowledged that many individuals have identified it was his Supreme Courtroom picks that made overturning Roe v Wade attainable, to which he stated “some individuals possibly say it is my fault and a few individuals say thanks very a lot.”

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Throughout his 2016 marketing campaign, Trump vocally supported overturning Roe v. Wade and defunding Deliberate Parenthood. Nonetheless, whereas he has stated he was anti-abortion, he additionally stated he supported abortion in circumstances of rape, incest, and with the lifetime of the child-bearer in thoughts.

Overturning Roe v. Wade would make it authorized for states to cross full bans on abortions with no exceptions for rape, incest or potential threats to a mom’s life.

Former President Barack Obama additionally expressed his, and his spouse Michelle’s, opinion on the leaked SCOTUS opinion in a tweet on Tuesday. The tweet acknowledged that whereas individuals have completely different opinions on abortion, the potential finish of abortion rights within the US involved the Obamas.

The assertion learn that the leaked choice “serves as a strong reminder of the central position in defending our rights — and of the truth that elections have penalties,” which is one other reference to Trump’s appointment of three conservative Supreme Courtroom justices.

Protestors react exterior the U.S. Supreme Courtroom to the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito making ready for a majority of the court docket to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights choice later this yr, in Washington, U.S. Picture: Reuters / JONATHAN ERNST

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