Marking his 15th year on the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito defended his Nov. 12 remarks to the Federalist Society, calling coronavirus lockdowns a “constitutional stress test” on American freedom.
“Virtually every substantive point in the Federalist Society speech was taken from one of my published opinions or an opinion I joined,” Alito said in a statement, USA Today reported in chronicling his career.
Alito even predicted in the speech his words would be “twisted” by partisan critics.
“I was not surprised by the reaction,” he added.
Alito called out the “growing hostility to the expression of unfashionable views” in American society. He also rebuked the “things you can’t say” lists growing in the age of political correctness and censorship.
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