Former Sheriff of Milwaukee County David Clarke has fired back at Barack Obama after the ex-president blasted the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade.
Clarke told Obama to go pound sand, reminding him this is a states’ rights issue.
Obama tacitly admitted it was a state issue when he had a filibuster-proof majority early in his first term and he did not move to codify abortion rights into law.
In 1982, Joe Biden also supported throwing the decision to the states while he served in the Senate.
Obama may have been too afraid to do it for political reasons but the result is the same, he left it in the hands of the court.
“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans,” Obama said Friday.
“Across the country, states have already passed bills restricting choice.
“If you’re looking for ways to respond, @PPFA, @USOWomen, and many other groups have been sounding the alarm on this issue for years—and will continue to be on the front lines of this fight.”
Enter Sheriff Clarke who fired back at Obama, saying:
“Oh shove it. You libs attack ‘essential freedoms of millions of Americans’ every time to try to abolish the Second Amendment.
“Yeah, it’s called states’ rights for a reason.
“States decide what their laws are.
“You know Barry, the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution.
“I know you didn’t follow it as president but it is still in existence.”
Oh shove it. You libs attack “essential freedoms of millions of Americans” every time to try to abolish the Second Amendment. https://t.co/Ri3YzlZPqg
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) June 24, 2022
Yeah, it’s called states rights for a reason. States decide what their laws are. You know Barry, the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution. I know you didn’t follow it as President but it is still in existence. https://t.co/RKwnJmjfDN
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) June 24, 2022
Barack and Michelle issued a longer statement that said:
Today, millions of Americans woke up fearing that their essential freedoms under the Constitution were at risk.
If the Supreme Court ultimately decides to overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, then it will not only reverse nearly 50 years of precedent — it will relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues.
Few, if any, women make the decision to terminate a pregnancy casually — and people of goodwill, across the political spectrum, can hold different views on the subject. But what Roe recognized is that the freedom enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution requires all of us to enjoy a sphere of our lives that isn’t subject to meddling from the state — a sphere that includes personal decisions involving who we sleep with, who we marry, whether or not to use contraception, and whether or not to bear children.
As the court has previously determined, our freedoms are not unlimited — society has a compelling interest in other circumstances, for example, in protecting children from abuse or people from self-harm — and the framework constructed by Roe and subsequent Court decisions allowed legislatures to impose greater restrictions on abortion later in pregnancy. But this draft decision doesn’t seek to balance these interests.
Instead, it simply forces folks to give up any constitutionally recognized interest in what happens to their body once they get pregnant. Under the Court’s logic, state legislatures could dictate that women carry every pregnancy to term, no matter how early it is and no matter what circumstances led to it — even rape or incest.
The consequences of this decision would be a blow not just to women, but to all of us who believe that in a free society, there are limits to how much the government can encroach on our personal lives.
And this decision is unlikely to significantly reduce abortions, which have been steadily going down over the past several decades thanks in large part to better access to contraception and education. Instead, as we’ve already begun to see in states with restrictive abortion laws, those women with means would travel to states where abortion remains legal and safe.
Meanwhile, those without enough money or access to transportation or ability to take off from school or work would face the same circumstances most women faced before Roe, desperately seeking out illegal abortions that inevitably pose grave risks to their health, their future ability to bear children, and sometimes their lives.
That’s a result none of us should want. But it should serve as a powerful reminder of the central role the courts play in protecting our rights — and of the fact that elections have consequences.
A clear majority of Americans support Roe. Yet we recognize that while many are angry and frustrated by this report, some of those who support Roe may feel helpless and instinctively turn back to their work, or families, or daily tasks — telling themselves that because this outcome may have been predictable, there’s nothing any of us can do.
If that’s you, we ask you to think about the college student waking up after her date forced her into unprotected sex. Think about the couple that tried to have children for years, who are without any options when faced with the tragic reality of an unviable pregnancy. Think of any of the hundreds of thousands of women each year who deserve the dignity and freedom of making a decision that is right for their bodies and their circumstances.
You might be one of those people. Or you might know some of them by name. If you don’t, ask yourself if you know everyone’s whole story.
But we’re not asking you to just think about these people. We’re asking you to join with the activists who’ve been sounding the alarm on this issue for years — and act. Stand with them at a local protest. Volunteer with them on a campaign. Join with them in urging Congress to codify Roe into law. And vote alongside them on or before November 8 and in every other election. Because in the end, if we want judges who will protect all, and not just some, of our rights, then we’ve got to elect officials committed to doing the same.