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( – Scrutiny and criticism ensued after President Biden’s comments on Thursday, suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court was “abnormal”, following a crucial ruling on affirmative action.

Earlier that day, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, determined that racial discrimination in college admissions violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. This judgment was a significant setback to affirmative action strategies at major universities like Harvard, which aimed to construct a more “diverse” student body by favoring Black and Hispanic students over White and Asian Americans.

Biden, among numerous liberal detractors of the ruling, held a press briefing on the judgment at the White House. A reporter, as he was about to exit, asked if he considered the Supreme Court to now be a “renegade court.”

Biden retorted, “This is not a normal court.”

This seemingly accusatory statement about the Supreme Court resulted in severe backlash, with social media users interpreting it as an attempt to delegitimize the judiciary.

The Federalist’s Eddie Scarry penned, “Undermining trust in our democratic institutions [shaking my head].”

Substack writer Jim Treacher stated, “If this man had faith in the law, his son would be incarcerated.”

“Biden actually stated, This is not a normal court.’ How can bringing fairness to the admissions process be abnormal?!?” tweeted conservative media figure Graham Allen.

Journalist Julie Kelly responded, “Wait, the attorney general tells me that criticism of US government institutions is perilous and tantamount to domestic terrorism.”

Nicholas Fondacaro, associate editor at the Media Research Center, noted, “FACT: @ArletteSaenz’s absurd question and President Biden’s response are threats to democracy.”

“The Biden administration is not a typical presidency,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., commented.

Later, Biden appeared on MSNBC for a live discussion with Nicolle Wallace, where he clarified his statement that the Supreme Court was “not normal.”

“I meant that it’s done more to dismantle fundamental rights and decisions than any court in recent history. That’s what I meant by not normal. It’s gone out of its way; for example, take a look at overruling Roe v. Wade. Look at today’s decision. Look at how it has ruled on numerous issues that have been precedent for 50 or 60 years sometimes. That’s what I meant by not normal,” Biden clarified.

Democrats had labeled the Supreme Court “illegitimate” following the overturn of the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade last June. While Biden didn’t use such language at the time, he was questioned if he thought the court was “broken” by this decision.

“I believe the Supreme Court has made some dreadful decisions,” Biden conceded.

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