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Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York claimed that the specter of the confederacy lives on today.
“The Supreme Court majority has zero legitimacy. Ghosts of the confederacy are alive and well,” Jeffries tweeted.
Jeffries, who serves as the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, was likely sounding off in response to the Supreme Court’s move which will allow Alabama’s new congressional district map to remain in place at least for now.
A lower court had blocked the state from using its new map and declared that “any remedial plan will need to include two districts in which Black voters either comprise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it.”
The high court was split 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts and the three liberal justices dissenting. But the move to stay the lower court’s decision does not mark the Supreme Court’s final say on the matter.
“The stay will allow this Court to decide the merits in an orderly fashion—after full briefing, oral argument, and our usual extensive internal deliberations—and ensure that we do not have to decide the merits on the emergency docket. To reiterate: The Court’s stay order is not a decision on the merits,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was joined by Justice Samuel Alito, noted.
Rep. Jeffries’ inflammatory tweet drew attention on social media.
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas responded by saying that “Ironically, the ‘confederate ghosts’ are all Democrats.”
“When you see demonizing language like this from prominent Democrats don’t be surprised that, when they have power, they wield it to relentlessly censor you, control you, indoctrinate your children & subordinate your rights and liberties to their lust for authority. Vote them out,” Stephen Miller tweeted.