FLASHBACK: Newt Gingrich in 2011: “Abolish the 9th Circuit!”
I’ve always liked Newt. And it looks like he was dead right on this one!
Back in 2011, Newt made headlines for saying we should abolish the looney 9th Circuit court of appeals. Just abolish it altogether.
He may be on to something.
You know the 9th Circuit, the Court who famously declared “Under God” was unconstitutional. And the Court who just struck down Trump’s travel ban.
It wouldn’t be entirely unprecedented either. Jefferson did it.
Here are more details from RawStory, and scroll all the way down for the actual video:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared Thursday that he would work to abolish federal judges if he didn’t agree with their “anti-American” or “dictatorial” rulings.
At a GOP debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly noted that at least two conservative former attorneys general had blasted Gingrich’s “dangerous” and “totally irresponsible” plan because it would alter the balance of powers.
“It alters the balance because the courts have become grotesquely dictatorial, far too powerful,” Gingrich admitted. “I’ve been working on this project since 2002 when the Ninth Circuit court said that ‘one nation under God’ is unconstitutional in the Pledge of Allegiance. And I decided that if you had judges that were so radically anti-American that they thought ‘one nation under God’ was wrong, they shouldn’t be on the court.”
“Like Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln and FDR, I would be prepared to take on the judiciary if, in fact, it did not restrict what it was doing,” he added.
As for those conservative former attorneys general, Gingrich wanted to know if they had studied “Jefferson, who in 1802 abolished 18 out of 35 federal judges?”