Media Freak Out! SCOTUS Will Let Trump Be ‘King,’ Gave Him ‘License to Thug’

July 6th, 2024 4:30 PM


Lefty journalists and celebrities all freaked out after the Supreme Court’s Donald Trump immunity ruling. 

MSNBC’s Joy Reid warned that if Trump won, the Supreme Court would let him rule as “King.” CNN’s Van Jones feared that the Court issued Trump a “license to thug.”

The Hollywood Elite went nuts too. Actress and comedian Lea DeLaria lined herself up for a Secret Service visit because she actually threatened Trump’s life. The Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black cast member urged President Joe Biden to use the high court ruling “to take that bitch Trump out….He is Hitler….Blow him up!” Singer/actress Barbra Streisand worried that America would turn into a “monarchy” under Trump. 

The following are just a few of the most outrageous outbursts from freaked-out journalists and celebrities over the last month:   


SCOTUS Gave Trump a “License to Thug”



“It makes the Supreme Court look very partisan. They’re supposed to be wearing these kind of black and white umpire jerseys….They look like they’re wearing red jerseys, or even MAGA hats...It’s also scary because what is Trump going to do? If Trump gets elected and there’s this idea that he can get away with even more stuff, that’s really, really scary for the public because he already ran over every norm that he could….It’s almost like a license to thug in a way like you can do whatever you want and Supreme Court is probably going to let you get away with it. That is very frightening.” 
— CNN contributor/former host Van Jones on CNN’s Trump Immunity Ruling, July 1.


If Trump Wins, SCOTUS Will Let Him Be King



“What they’re saying to the American people is that if ‘We get….our preferred president back, we’re going to encourage him to break the boundaries of the law….to feel free to even use violence, to use mass incarceration. Go ahead and do those camps.’...This is a clarion call to every American….Do not allow the person back into office who will use this power that he’s been given by this Court, this imperial Court, to implement that agenda….It doesn’t matter if Biden is old….What matters is that the other guy wants to be a king, and this Court has said ‘Yes, you are a king, and we are The King’s Hand. And together the seven of us will rule this country.’”
— MSNBC host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s Trump Immunity Ruling Special, July 1.  


Biden Botched the Debate But At Least He’s Not a Fascist with a “Cold, Vile and Merciless Heart” 



“The choice is one terribly bad night versus a decade of destruction to our core beliefs, our democratic values, and, yes, our Constitution. Someone who stumbled over his words for 90 minutes versus someone who lied to the American people over and over again. A man slowed down by a cold versus a man with a cold, vile, and merciless heart. I think in the days and weeks ahead as we move away from this debate, clarity will hopefully set in. For me, Joe Biden is still the man for this moment.”
— Co-host Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, July 1. 


Trump Could Bring About “Multi-Generational Nightmare” of Judges



“If Donald Trump wins, two of the most offensive justices — Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — who also happen to be the oldest on the Court, would very likely retire. And just like in 2016, Leonard Leo, the founder of the Federalist Society and one of the most influential religious activists and Trump supporters, is waiting in the wings. Leo has already reshaped federal–the federal courts by hand-picking conservative judges and justices and his preferred list of wanta-be justices in a second Trump presidency is already out there. Let me be blunt. You all should be very worried. These judges would lock us into a multi-generational nightmare. Fox spoke with a number of sources and the latest list is a veritable who’s who of young forced-birth, anti-LGBTQ activists who have made a living stripping away rights from minorities in America in the name of Christian nationalism.”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, June 17.


Blaming SCOTUS Ruling for Weekend Shootings



“The weekend shootings come just days after the Supreme Court struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks. The gun accessories used to modify semi-automatic weapons so they can fire faster….The shootings from over the weekend did not involve bump stocks to our knowledge, but experts say if they did they could have been so much worse.”
— Correspondent Erin McLaughlin on NBC’s Today, June 17. 


“No Evidence” President Pushed Trump Prosecution, Despite Biden’s Former #3 DOJ Being On the Team

“There is no evidence that he [President Joe Biden] had anything to do with this case. The Manhattan DA, as you know, began this investigation in 2018, before Joe Biden was even his party’s nominee….We’ve been hearing from Republicans and from Donald Trump claiming the Democrats are illegally weaponizing the Justice Department against Mr. Trump. Why is it appropriate for Donald Trump, then, to call for prosecuting his political opponents, including President Biden?”
— Substitute host Peter Alexander to Rep. Byron Donalds on NBC’s Meet the Press, June 16. President Joe Biden’s #3 Justice Department official Matthew Colangelo was a part of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s prosecution team.


Already Pushing Pete for ’28



Correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti: “Is there a world where you see Penelope and Gus living in The White House in 2029?”
Secretary of  Transportation Pete Buttigieg: “I don’t know about that. That’s just not how I’m thinking about even the near future.”
Vigliotti: “Really?”
Buttiegieg: “No. If anything, having kids that little makes you think more than anything about the really long-term future. Past when I’m even around.”
Vigliotti: “A political wonder kid steps into fatherhood and embraces the unscripted.”
CBS Sunday Morning, June 16.


CNN Scandalized By The Idea America Is a Republic, Not a Democracy



Correspondent Donie O’Sullivan: “Some Republicans and pro-Trump media are pushing the idea that America is not a democracy.”...
Clip of Fox News host Will Cain: “The United States of America is not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic.”...
O’Sullivan: “To hear Americans — people who would describe themselves as patriots — say that America is not a democracy — that stopped me in my tracks….So much of the warnings and criticism about Trump is that he is a threat to democracy. That he is anti-democratic….Why has democracy become a bad word?”
CNN News Central, June 14. 


MSNBCer Rages: Black Conservatives Are Keeping Jim Crow In Place



“What are they getting for their $4 million they have given to Clarence Thomas over the past 20 years?...What they’re getting is what [Rep.] Byron Donalds wants. What they’re getting is Jim Crow….What they’re getting is a guy like Clarence Thomas who like Byron Donalds’ entire judicial philosophy is….some Negroes are magic….No matter what the white man does to us, we can just rise above as long as they don’t shoot us or kill us or rape us or drown us….If you’re Donalds, if you’re Thomas and you tell white people that, they will give you money. And that is what’s happened to Clarence Thomas for 20 years. He has told white folks exactly what they want to hear, ruled exactly as they would like him to rule and done it as their black friend, and so the money is just pouring out.”
The Nation’s Elie Mystal on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, June 6.


Not Even D-Day Ceremony Is Spared From Pro-Biden Bias



Anchor David Muir: “President Biden is here in France tonight, set to deliver an address tomorrow here at the D-Day commemoration….The president expected, of course, to honor the American heroes who died here, who fought here, and who made it home. And why what they did is so important and timely, with what the world is facing right now.”
Correspondent Mary Bruce: “Exactly, David. President Biden arriving here in France today to honor to veterans but, also to underscore the important of American leadership and protecting democracy…..Trying to rally allies to help defend Ukraine….And while President Biden’s remarks will not be a campaign speech, he has put preserving democracy at the center of this race, and David, he will make clear the sharp contrast with Donald Trump.”
ABC World News Tonight, June 5.


Border Crisis? What Border Crisis? 



“Lies. We do not have open borders. Donald Trump, though, he is not the only Republican spreading fear about immigration at the border. Right there, his allies are wasting no time echoing the former president. But there is a new report out….It tells a very different story about immigration and most specifically our economy. According to the latest data from the Congressional Budget Office, increased immigration to the U.S. is expected to drive economic growth, boost federal revenues and shrink deficits over the next decade.….Should the Biden campaign be using this report to turn the conversation to ‘immigration is good?’”
— Host Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC’s The 11th Hour, June 19. 


CNN Host Claims Bible Is “Pornographic”



“Are you okay with all teachings of the Bible? If you want to bring it back into the classroom, rape, incest, beheading?...Will you allow teachers to teach all aspects of the Bible? How are teachers supposed to know what of the Bible to teach and what of the Bible not to teach? It’s a simple question, given the fact that the Bible includes, also, you know, pornographic material. Something you’ve come out against and actually took a teaching certificate away from a teacher for giving access to students— a pornographic material. That’s in the Bible.”
— Host Pamela Brown to Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters on CNN News Central, July 2.


Nobody is “Safe” From Trump “Retribution”



Co-host Joy Behar: “There has been a lot of talk about Trump seeking retribution if he gets into office….You said recently that you thought that you, as an outspoken critic, could be a target….How seriously should we be taking that?”...
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow: “I’m no worried about me than I am worried about everybody in the country. I think it’s bad to have somebody saying ‘Give me as much power as you can in this country so I can use it to go after other Americans, so I can use it to go after these subhuman internal enemies and I will destroy them.’ That’s just not a good system for anybody and I don’t think anybody is safe.”
— ABC’s The View, June 17.


Whoopi: Sue the Supreme Court!



Co-host Joy Behar: “The Supreme Court at the moment is so biased and so pro-theocracy….Somebody has to expose them because they are running around arrogant and they have the whole GOP on their side….They have no consequences whatsoever….They’re there for the rest of their lives.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg: “Why can’t we sue them in a class action suit?”
Behar: “I’m not sure you can do that. They’re the highest court.”
Goldberg: “Yeah but I don’t know why? Listen, I don’t know why you can’t pull a class action suit that says, ‘Listen, you are no longer doing the job you’re supposed to be doing.’ I don’t understand.”
— ABC’s The View, June 11.


Actress to Joe Biden: Trump is Hitler, “Take Him the F*** Out!”

“Done. I’m done. I’m fucking seriously done. The Supreme Court has pissed me off so much right now. Like so much. Joe, you’re a reasonable man. You don’t want to do this. But here’s the reality: This is a fucking war. This is a war now, and we are fighting for our fucking country. And these assholes are gonna take it away. They’re gonna take it away. Fuck you Clarence ‘Uncle’ Thomas! Fuck you! Joe, you now have the right to take that bitch Trump out. Take him out, Joe. If he was Hitler, and this was 1940, you’d take him out. Well, he is Hitler. And this is 1940. Take him the fuck out! Blow him up, or they’ll blow us up. Facts.”
— Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black actress Lea DeLaria in July 1 Instagram post.


SCOTUS Would Let Trump Turn America Into a Monarchy

“In another outrageous decisions [sic], the MAGA Supreme Court has ruled Donald Trump has immunity for ‘official’ acts. Now his lawyers can argue at his trial that his attempted coup was an official act. As the dissent forcefully put it, this makes the President a ‘king above the law.’ Our Founding Fathers fought a war against living under a monarchy.”
— July 1 post by singer/actress Barbra Streisand.

“This horrific 6-3 lawless declaration of a US monarchy — goes far beyond Trump this is the federalist society coup via Supreme Court”
— July 1 post by actor John Cusack.

“Thanks to the Supreme Court, the next president will have the powers of a king. That’s not what the founders intended. Quite the opposite. Overturning Roe took power from women. Today’s decision takes power from all of us.”...
“In the name of ‘originalism,’ Trump’s Supreme Court has taken a wrecking ball to the Constitution.”
— July 1 posts by author Stephen King.


SCOTUS Gave “Criminal Mob Boss” Trump a “Get Out of Jail Free Card”

“With today’s ruling giving absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for acts within the president’s ‘officials’ duties, it is more imperative than ever that we do not elect an actual criminal mob boss as our next president. Imagine what he would do with that power.”
— July 1. post by actor George Takei.

“A Convicted Felon has just been given a Get Out of Jail Free card by his Compromised Supreme Court. Autocracy here we come.”
— July 1 post by director/actor Rob Reiner.


Time for a “Pig Roast” of Trump

“Looks like #SCOTUS gave #DonaldTrump the grease to wiggle out of his crimes once again!  Since he’s all greased up how about a pig roast?”
— July 1 post by actress/singer Bette Midler.


Maher Mocks the Ten Commandments



“There’s no morals, hardly any morals in the Ten Commandments anyway….The first four are all just about God’s ego, thou shalt not have other gods before me, thou shalt not worship false idols, thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain, remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. It’s all about God and His big fucking ego. Number five: honor thy mother and father, like you couldn’t have figured that out on your own. The only two that are laws, thou shalt not kill, thou shall not steal, then there’s adultery, ha, ha, Donald Trump. Bear false witness, which I guess is lying and not covet thy neighbor’s shit, you know, it’s just a dumb, ancient Bronze Age list, it doesn’t have rape, slavery or child abuse on it.”
— Host Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, June 21.