The piece by Molly Coleman and Tristin Brown began by claiming that Justice Clarence Thomas’ refusal to recuse himself from cases involving the Jan. 6 events at the Capitol because of his wife’s connections was the latest display of “illegitimacy.”
“As egregious as Justice Thomas’s refusal to recuse is, it is merely the latest display of the current Supreme Court’s illegitimacy. The creation of a 6-3 radically conservative supermajority on the Court is the result of a conservative legal movement determined to seize power at any cost,” the article read.
Coleman and Brown further argued that the addition of the three justices nominated by Presidente Donald Trump were also illegitimate “because of bad-faith practices by conservatives.”
This referenced the nominations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Comey Barrett and the hostile Senate hearings against Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Democrat senators.
“Failures to recuse in cases of conflicts of interest. Holding seats open in the case of Democratic nominees and rushing to fill seats in the case of Republican nominees. Allegations of sexual misconduct and ‘sham investigation’ of said claims. Tomados en conjunto, it’s no wonder the Supreme Court is facing a crisis of legitimacy,” they explained, listing off grievances.
Teen Vogue also worried about upcoming cases in the Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Vadear, expand individual gun rights, and limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s power. These cases, which are set to be ruled on in June, constitute an “emergencia” in the court.
“Unelected, unaccountable judges are on the verge of limiting our ability to fight climate change while forcing people to birth unwanted babies in a world with almost unlimited access to deadly weapons,” the article argued. “It’s perhaps no wonder that a majority of Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court.
“We are in a crisis moment — and it’s only getting worse. We must treat this Court as the emergency that it is. And that starts with structurally reforming the Court.”
Coleman and Brown insisted that Congress work to pass the Judiciary Act of 2021 to add four extra seats to the Supreme Court and demand “transparency and accountability” from the remaining justices. General, they hoped to “prioritize putting power back in the hands of democratically accountable individuals.”
“The time to critically assess and reconfigure the Court’s role in our society is now. Our democracy depends on it,” the article concluded.