Scalia on Bush v. Gore: ‘Get Over It’
Justice Antonin Scalia doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore that ended the recount of ballots in Florida and handed the election to George W. Bush.
A Princeton student submitted a written question about the case following Scalia’s speech Friday on the limitations of judicial powers, Princeton University News reports. “Oh, get over it! It’s eight years ago,” Scalia responded.
Scalia said most people were grateful that the Supreme Court stepped in and ended the dispute. “We were the laughingstock of the world—the world’s greatest democracy that couldn’t conduct an election,” he said.
The justice received the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service at the event. One student who attended the lecture, Thomas Dollar, told the Daily Princetonian that Scalia “got very testy when asked about Bush v. Gore.”
A hat tip to How Appealing, which posted the stories.