ABC Hopes Dems Can Use Abortion to Block Trump Court Pick

NewsBusters | 7/9/2018 | Staff
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While speculating on who President Trump would nominate to Supreme Court, on Monday’s Good Morning America, ABC co-host Robin Roberts and correspondent Terry Moran engaged in a brief political strategy session to advise Democrats on the best way to obstruct any pick for the high court.

After Moran ran through the list of finalists for the nomination, Roberts declared: “And, Terry, as you know, Democrats will likely push back on anyone that the president nominates, so – or puts into consideration.” She then lamented that “it’s going to be a long haul for them, though” and “very difficult for them to stop it.”

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Moran acknowledged: “It’s gonna be tough, Robin. You’re absolutely right....Democrats will have to hold on to all of their votes. That’s gonna be tough, they lost several when Gorsuch was nominated.” The headline on screen asked: “Can Democrats Do Anything to Block Nomination?”

However, the reporter then tried to offer hope to liberals:

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So they’re targeting two Republican moderate women, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and the key issue there is abortion. More than two generations of American women and men have now lived with the constitutional right to abortion. If the battle’s on that ground, the Democrats might have a chance.

Roberts replied: “We’ll see, Terry.”

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Earlier in the segment, Moran hyped the stakes: “It is the big day, President Trump’s pick, if confirmed, will likely change this court and our country for a generation on issues from abortion to environmental law, from affirmative action to the role of religion in public life, and so many others we can’t even imagine.”

That proclamation echoed his coverage on GMA the day after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, fretting that the “country is going to change profoundly.”

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All three networks have promised viewers a “bare-knuckle,” “ugly,” and “epic” fight over whoever...
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