On Thursday, during the last leg of his foreign trip to Europe, Biden assailed the Supreme Court over its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade while he was overseas in a room full of American and foreign reporters. This is the kind of thing that the leftist news networks would set their hair on fire over if former President Trump did it, yet the three evening news networks not only didn’t have any concerns about Biden’s attack on an American institution, but they even touted his attacks on the Supreme Court overseas.
ABC’s World News Tonight was the first one out of the gate with White House correspondent Cecilia Vega gushing that “President Biden today turning his attention back home, blasting the Supreme Court and what he called its outrageous behavior.”
She then reported how Biden wants “Congress to pass abortion rights protections at the federal level and says he now supports carving out an exception to Senate rules that would allow Democrats to do this with just a simple majority, rather than 60 votes.”
Vega was forced to admit that her party doing away with the Senate filibuster was unlikely, and Biden is “well aware that key members of his own party have said they're not on board with eliminating the filibuster, even when it comes to abortion rights.”
Continuing her network’s meltdown over the Supreme Court striking down the EPA’s regulations limiting greenhouse gasses, Vega wailed that “the decision effectively [made] it impossible for his administration to reach its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and eliminating carbon by 2050.”
Over on NBC Nightly News, senior White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell touted Biden’s claim that the Supreme Court is “upending American freedoms” by letting states make their own abortion laws.
She then breathlessly reported that, to Biden, the consequences of the court’s rulings are “so dire” that he has “urged Congress to restore abortion rights with new law.” In the next breath, O’Donnell bemoaned the fact that “top Democrats say they cannot make the change because a few Democrats won't agree.”
Meanwhile on CBS Evening News, gushed over newly sworn-in Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as “a moment of hope and collegiality to end a divisive term that saw a blockbuster ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and letting states set their own abortion policies, a decision that sparked protest across the country.”
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ABC’s World News Tonight
6:37:25 p.m. Eastern
CECILIA VEGA: On the world stage for the last day of this high-stakes summit
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Good afternoon, everyone.
VEGA: President Biden today turning his attention back home, blasting the Supreme Court and what he called its outrageous behavior. The historic ruling overturning Roe v. Wade now prompting a major shift for the President. He wants Congress to pass abortion rights protections at the federal level and says he now supports carving out an exception to Senate rules that would allow Democrats to do this with just a simple majority, rather than 60 votes.
BIDEN: I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that.
VEGA: But the President well aware that key members of his own party have said they're not on board with eliminating the filibuster, even when it comes to abortion rights. And just as the President was about to board Air Force One for the flight home, another blow to his domestic agenda. With that Supreme Court ruling limiting the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gasses. The decision effectively making it impossible for his administration to reach its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and eliminating carbon by 2050. The White House calling the decision devastating, saying "It aims to take our country backwards."
CBS Evening News
6:36:46 p.m. Eastern
JAN CRAWFORD: In a private ceremony with the justices and her family, Ketanji Brown Jackson made history. The 116th justice and first black female, Jackson says she was truly grateful to be part of the promise of our great nation.
It was a moment of hope and collegiality to end a divisive term that saw a blockbuster ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and letting states set their own abortion policies, a decision that sparked protest across the country.
In Europe, President Biden said he would support lifting the senate filibuster to pass a federal law that could override state efforts to ban or restrict abortion and guarantee abortion access nationwide.
NBC Nightly News
LESTER HOLT: This evening President Biden slamming the Supreme Court for its decision in overturning Roe v. Wade, accusing the justices of outrageous behavior. And urging a controversial change to Senate rules in response. Kelly O'Donnell has that story.
KELLY O’DONNELL: From a world stage moment in Spain, President Biden accused the highest court of upending American freedoms.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States on overruling not only Roe v. Wade but essentially challenging the right to privacy.
O’DONNELL: Consequences he sees as so dire the President urged Congress to restore abortion rights with new law. But in a 50/50 Senate, Democrats don't have enough votes, making a surprise announcement today.
BIDEN: And if the filibuster gets in the way --
O’DONNELL:: The President said he would back a limited change to Senate rules to allow a simple majority vote to make abortion legal again nationally.
BIDEN: Requiring exception of the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision.
O’DONNELL: That's a flip, breaking his decades-long filibuster support.
BIDEN: Ending the filibuster is a very dangerous thing to do.
O’DONNELL: But tonight top Democrats say they cannot make the change because a few Democrats won't agree. While top Republican Mitch McConnell said the President's attacks on the court are unmerited and dangerous. Today I asked about the political pressure he faces.
Are you the best messenger to carry this forward? With Democrats, many of them, many Progressives, want you to do more.
BIDEN: Yeah, I am. I'm the President of the United States of America. That makes me the best messenger.