CNN star Jeffrey Toobin was dragged on social media after tweeting that the Supreme Court’s move to potentially overhauling Roe v. Wade was a ‘wall-to-wall disaster,’ as critics slammed the disgraced legal analyst over his previous scandals.
‘If you believe that women should have the right choose abortion, today’s Supreme Court argument was a wall-to-wall disaster,’ Toobin tweeted Wednesday, amid opening arguments on a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks, and a separate request from the state to overturn Roe V Wade altogether.
Twitter users were quick to call out Toobin over his eight-month suspension from the network after he was caught masturbating on a Zoom call with colleagues at the New Yorker magazine, where he also previously worked.
Toobin, who admitted to the lewd act when he was welcomed back to CNN in June, also came under fire for reportedly pressuring his mistress Casey Greenfield to have an abortion, and offering to fund it, in 2008 while he was married to Amy Bennett McIntosh.
CNN star Jeffrey Toobin came under fire for a tweet warning that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade
Toobin’s tweet came as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a Mississippi abortion case to ban abortion after 15 weeks
Stephen L. Miller, a writer for the right-leaning news outlet The Spectator, posted the sardonic tweet, ‘CNN has Toobin on discussing SCOTUS Mississippi abortion arguments, which if you know anything about him, is just perfection.’
Sean Davis, the co-founder of conservative news site The Federalist, was more blunt in his criticism and tweeted, ‘If you’re a dirtbag Zoom masturbator who knocked up his colleague’s daughter and tried to force her to abort his child and then refused to pay child support when she declined to kill his baby, you’re probably livid at the notion of taking responsibility instead of murdering it.’
And Mollie Hemingway, a senior contributor to The Federalist, shared a similar post, in which she wrote, ‘Reminder: Pro-abortion activist Toobin reportedly once tried to pressure the woman he was cheating on his wife with – the daughter of a colleague – to abort their child. All years before he was caught masturbating at work. (Good news: she didn’t succumb to his pressure.)’
Greenfield is the daughter of Toobin’s colleague, CNN political analyst Jeff Greenfield. The CNN star allegedly tried to persuade her to have an abortion in 2008 and then initially refused to pay child support after she carried the baby to term.
‘When Casey wouldn’t have an abortion, Jeff told her she was going to regret it, that she shouldn’t expect any help from him,’ an anonymous source told the Daily News in 2010.
Greenfield met Toobin in Condé Nast’s New York City office when she worked as a fact-checker for Glamour, according to the New York Times. The two allegedly had a decade-long relation that ended with her bearing his child Rory, to whom she gave birth in 2009.
A paternity test proved that Toobin was the father and a Manhattan Family Court judge ordered him to pay child support, which he only agreed to after Greenfield’s lawyer threatened to expose the affair to his employers.
Toobin is his long-suffering wife Amy Bennett McIntosh in May celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary and live in New York City with a daughter and a son. The couple met when they were students at Harvard University and both worked at the Harvard Crimson newspaper.
Toobin was suspended from CNN for eight months, ending in June, for admittedly masturbating on a Zoom call with colleagues. He is above with his wife Amy Bennett McIntosh
Toobin also reportedly tried to pressure Casey Greenfield, with whom he had an extramarital affair, to have an abortion when she was pregnant with his child Rory. When she gave birth to him in 2009, Toobin also initially refused to pay child support
The tweets also referenced Toobin’s scandal last year in which he was on a Zoom election coverage call with New Yorker colleagues in October while pleasuring himself.
When news of the act broke, the 60-year-old journalist was fired from his longtime staff writing position at the New Yorker Magazine last November.
But he was welcomed back by CNN in June for a fawning interview in which he issued to a groveling apology to his colleagues for his ‘deeply moronic’ behavior and said he was ‘incredibly grateful’ for being allowed back on air.
‘I’m sorry to the people who were on the Zoom call,’ he said during his first interview back on the network in June with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
Asked if he had thought about what it was like to be on the receiving end of the Zoom call, Toobin said: ‘They were shocked and appalled.
‘I think they realized that this was not intended for them. I think they realized that this was something that I would immediately regret, as I certainly did.
‘It was then, it was that day that I began apologizing and that is something that I have tried to continue to do both publicly and privately.’
Toobin exposed himself to his New Yorker colleagues and masturbated during the Zoom call back in October while they were preparing for their election coverage
Toobin still maintains that he thought he had muted himself on the Zoom call and was no longer visible, though he went on to say that he had spent ‘seven miserable months’ off-air ‘trying to be a better person’. He added that he had been in therapy and had spent time volunteering.
‘I am trying to become that person that people can trust again,’ he said.
Speaking about the New Yorker’s decision to fire him, Toobin said he believed the punishment was ‘excessive’.
‘I am a flawed human being who makes mistakes. There is no defense for my conduct. The only issue is what should be the consequences.
‘The New Yorker made one decision about the consequences, CNN made a different decision. I am not going to come up here and try to split hairs and try to come up with justifications.
In addition to getting dragged for his comment on the Supreme Court abortion debate, a number of tweets and comments criticized CNN for still keeping Toobin on the air, calling it ironic that he was even on screen when Anderson Cooper announced Chris Cuomo’s suspension.
The cable news network on Tuesday evening announced that Chris Cuomo, 51, was suspended indefinitely, with Anderson Cooper extending his hour-long show to two hours to cover Chris’ 9 p.m. slot.
Toobin’s tweet and subsequent backlash came as the Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The six conservative justices seem poised to uphold the law in a decision that could overhaul Roe v. Wade, while the three liberal justices staunchly opposed their efforts.
Current precedent established by Roe allows abortions up until the point of fetal viability outside the womb, about 24 weeks.
Mississippi’s law would shave off roughly two months and also signal a green light that states like Texas that want shorter timelines could have a case
On Wednesday, the six conservative justices seem poised to uphold the law in a decision that could overhaul Roe v. Wade, while the three liberal justices staunchly opposed their efforts. Above, pro-life activists rallied in favor of the Mississippi ban
Outside the Supreme Court, pro-choice and pro-life activists have been rallying since the morning
The law also does not make exceptions for rape or incest – which if approved by the Supreme Court could be a feature of anti-abortion laws throughout the country.
In a separate filing, Mississippi also asked the high court to overturn Roe v. Wade altogether. Twelve states have already enacted ‘trigger laws,’ where if Roe is overturned, abortion in the state would be made illegal immediately without action from the legislature.
Twenty-six states are likely to ban or restrict abortion quickly if such power is returned to the states. Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Texas have all passed heartbeat bills, but none except Texas’ have gone into effect due to court intervention.
During opening arguments, the three liberal justices claimed that overturning the landmark 1974 ruling was driven by political and religious motivations, suggested sticking with precedent and compared the physical reactions of unborn babies to brain-dead people.
They also argued that overturning the Roe v. Wade would undermine public confidence in the government and the apolitical high court.
Chief Justice John Roberts questioned why 15 weeks is ‘not enough time’ for a woman to choose, Brett Kavanaugh hinted that abortion rights should be left up to the states and Amy Coney Barrett brought up alternatives to termination including adoption.
Roberts also briefly clashed with liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who tore into Mississippi’s opening arguments and accused the state of bringing the case forward not because of its legal basis but because of who was on the bench.
While Clarence Thomas, who is usually known for remaining silent during oral arguments, asked the justices not to focus on the actual abortion procedure and instead look at the debate as one concerning privacy and autonomy.
Outside the Supreme Court, pro-choice and pro-life activists have been rallying since the morning. Some impassioned protesters in favor of the ban brought props such as a small replica of a fetus while pro-choice activists brought white boxes labeled ‘abortion pills’ which they enthusiastically gulped down in front of cameras and fellow activists.