CNN’s Zakaria calls Alito’s speech mocking foreign leaders ‘disgusting’, ‘outrageous’

CNN host Fareed Zakaria on Sunday criticized Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for what he called a “disgusting” and “outrageous” speech last week criticizing foreign leaders who disagreed with his decision on Roe V. Wade.

Zakaria says Jim Acosta on CNN that Supreme Court justices are expected, at the very least, to conduct themselves in a manner that is above politics, given that they are unelected members with life terms who can make decisions crucial to shaping the lives of millions of Americans.

“The reason why they have this legitimacy is, to put it very simply, they behave, they behave in accordance with the kind of dignity and majesty of the court,” said Zakaria, who hosts “Fareed Zakaria GPS” from CNN.

“What Alito did, behaving like a cheap commentator, and not particularly good at it, was frankly disgusting. I mean, I thought that was the most unworthy performance by a Supreme Court justice I’ve seen in my life,” he said. “I don’t think any of his predecessors would have done that. I think that’s outrageous.

Zakaria added that he did not expect a formal sanction, but added: “If John Roberts wants to fulfill his role as Chief Justice, I think he should call Judge Alito and try to explain to him why this is not only hurts Alito – who looks like an idiot – but it hurts the court.

During a speech at the Religious Freedom Summit at Notre Dame Law School in Rome, Alito mocked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Harry. He also mentioned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The four leaders had strongly criticized the Supreme Court for striking down the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion, which Alito seemed to find amusing.

“I have had some doubts over the past few weeks since I had the honor of writing, I think the only Supreme Court decision in the history of this institution that has been lambasted by a whole host of foreign leaders who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law,” Alito said during his speech.

The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V. Wade paved the way for many GOP-led states to ban or severely restrict access to abortion across the country, despite the fact that about two-thirds of Americans support the right to abortion in some cases.

Trust in the Supreme Court has never been lower, according to a poll earlier this month which found only a quarter of Americans trust the High Court.

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