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Paul Newby complained about partisanship on the state’s highest court while launching into a Trump-like tirade against his fellow justices

by RFNC Staff

At a recent Republican BBQ fundraiser, NC Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby warned event attendees about the danger of injecting partisanship into the courts. He did so through a fearmongering tirade in which he said his fellow NC Supreme Court justices did not stand up for the country or state.

After calling the judicial branch “the most dangerous branch of government,” Newby said his colleagues had little respect for the rule of law. In reference to a passage in the NC Constitution about the right to worship God, Newby drew a contrast between himself and his colleagues, saying the words of the US and NC Constitutions “sound strong to us, but they don’t to them.” 

Newby’s self-righteous disgust over partisanship on the state’s highest court sounded hypocritical after he compared his colleagues to Republican’s favorite villain, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez is often referred to by her initials, ‘AOC.’ 

“Imagine seven ‘AOCs’ on the state Supreme Court,” Newby said, “Well, folks, we got six.” 

Newby went on to demand that people who criticize the United States leave the country. “If we’re as bad as the other side says we are I’ll buy you a ticket to leave,” Newby said, “You’ve got freedom here in America to leave, we don’t build walls to keep you in.”

His comments foreshadowed President Donald Trump’s tweets this past Sunday.

“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly” Trump tweeted, “and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Newby has already been outspoken in his opposition to NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who happens to be the first Black woman to hold the office. Newby typically cites a nonexistent precedent to oppose her appointment as chief justice to disguise his complaints that she is not qualified. Indignant that Governor Roy Cooper failed to bow to history, Newby is challenging Beasley for the chief justice seat in 2020. 

When asked about Newby’s attacks on them for a WRAL story, his colleagues, including Beasley, declined to comment. This highlights just how unprofessional and inappropriate Newby’s remarks were on Saturday. Instead of paying lip-service to his grand ideals, Newby needs to act them out. Only then will he be able to rid the court of the kind of partisanship he thinks is so evil.