Hakeem Jeffries warns of Social Security threat following Supreme Court ruling

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries has expressed concern that the recent Supreme Court ruling in June 2022, which overturned Roe v. Wade, could potentially pose a threat to Social Security, Medicare, and even American democracy itself. According to Jeffries, this decision indicates that “extreme MAGA Republicans” have the potential to undermine these crucial aspects of society.

During a recent interview with CBS News correspondent Norah O’Donnell on “60 Minutes,” the New York Democrat levied the accusation. The discussion also delved into topics such as the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, the potential threat to Mike Johnson’s House speakership, and the question of whether Black voters are becoming disenchanted with President Joe Biden.

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court made a significant ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The court stated that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a right to abortion, overturning the historic 1973 Roe decision. This ruling was met with jubilation from those who oppose abortion but sparked outrage from numerous women’s rights organizations. It was also heavily criticized for its perceived impact on the Republican “red wave” during the November 2022 midterm elections.

In the CBS News interview, Jeffries was questioned about the significance of abortion access in the upcoming presidential election.

“It’s going to be a tremendously consequential issue because it revolves around freedom,” he emphasized. “The extremist MAGA Republicans have initiated the gradual erosion of reproductive freedom. We will fiercely advocate for it using every resource we have at our disposal.”

Jeffries suggested that the reversal of Roe v. Wade could potentially endanger other rights and government programs.

“If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, it would have far-reaching consequences. It would set a dangerous precedent, putting other important rights and institutions at risk. Social Security, Medicare, voting rights, and even democracy itself could be threatened. The potential fall of Roe v. Wade raises concerns about the stability and future of our society.”

In April, Donald Trump expressed his stance on overturning Roe, emphasizing the importance of states’ rights. He made it clear that he would not endorse a federal abortion ban if he secures reelection in November.

In response to Biden’s accusation that he is leading an “assault on democracy,” Trump has argued that his reelection is crucial for the preservation of American democracy.

During a rally in Ohio in March, Trump expressed his belief that the outcome of the election would have significant implications for the future of elections in the country. He stated, “I don’t think you’re going to have another election in this country, if we don’t win this election…certainly not an election that’s meaningful.”

Trump’s campaign has been reached out to by Newsweek via email for additional comments.

Trump has adamantly refused to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, claiming that it was unfairly rigged against him. However, this allegation has been consistently dismissed by both courts and independent election observers. In two separate criminal cases, Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s nationwide and Georgia election victories.

If he secures a second term in the White House, the presumptive Republican nominee has made a commitment to safeguard Medicare and Social Security.

In a campaign video posted on his website, Trump firmly states, “Republicans must not vote to cut even a single penny from Medicare or Social Security.”

In his interview with CBS News, Jeffries made it clear that he does not support GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s attempt to remove Johnson as House speaker. This comes after Johnson’s backing of a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

According to Jeffries, the head of the House Democratic Caucus, Johnson has not approached him for assistance. He further stated that their usual stance would be to let the opposing party handle their own issues. However, when those issues begin to hinder the fulfillment of their responsibilities to the American people, it may be necessary for them to assert that they will not allow extremists to disrupt the functioning of Congress and the country.

Jeffries expressed his support for Israel’s military actions against Hamas in the war in Gaza. However, he also emphasized the need for an increase in humanitarian aid to civilians affected by the conflict.

Jeffries emphasized the need for Israel to take action against Hamas in order to achieve a decisive victory. He also acknowledged the importance of rescuing hostages and providing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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