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Jackie Calmes on the Weaponization of the Supreme Court

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That Trippi Show

Published:August 3, 2021
The Supreme Court's reputation as an apolitical body has been permanently changed. How did we get here? Jackie Calmes from the LA Times has studied the changes in Supreme Court politics that hit a new low during the Trump presidency. Despite two impeachments and a single term, Trump and the Republicans managed to reshape the Court for decades -- and it's possible Democrats have underestimated and under-organized around the impact of the GOP's stranglehold on the judicial system. Jackie, Joe and Alex talk about the change in political strategy when it comes to appointing justices, how the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process completely missed another massive scandal, and how we recover from a climate where the Supreme Court is viewed by Republicans as the surest way to extend its minority rule. Jackie's new book, Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court, is available here: Follow Jackie on Twitter here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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