In 2005, the Supreme Court handed down one of its worst decisions ever in a case known as Kelo v. New London. In that case, the Supreme Court (on which current Chief Justice John Roberts did not yet serve) affirmed the right of the City of New London, Connecticut to seize the houses of about sixty residents of a neighborhood in New London, and turn the land on which they sat over to a private developer who had promised to develop a shopping center and high rise condominiums that would bring more revenues to the cash starved city.
Ms. Kelo, a middle class single woman who owned “a little pink house,” one of the sixty condemned, sued the City of New London. She wanted to keep her house. She didn’t understand why the City of New London had a right to steal it from her in order to enrich a private developer. The Supreme Court disagreed with her. They ruled that the City of New London could, in fact, steal her house, and the houses of her neighbors.
After the ruling, the City of New London purchased the little pink house from Ms. Kelo, and sold it for $1 to a preservationist who moved it off the development property. The other houses were purchased and demolished. The development, however, never panned out. Today, where Ms. Kelo’s house and neighborhood once stood, an empty field filled with trash and broken glass now stands, a testament to the over-reaching arrogance of the state, as affirmed by the United States Supreme Court.
What is Donald Trump’s opinion of this travesty?
In a July 2005 interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, he publicly stated that he was 100% in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the City of New London to take Ms. Kelo’s house.
“But I happen to agree with it [the Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London] 100 percent, not that I would want to use it. But the fact is, if you have a person living in an area that’s not even necessarily a good area, and government, whether it’s local or whatever, government wants to build a tremendous economic development, where a lot of people are going to be put to work and make area that’s not good into a good area, and move the person that’s living there into a better place — now, I know it might not be their choice — but move the person to a better place and yet create thousands upon thousands of jobs and beautification and lots of other things, I think it happens to be good.”
So, to remind you, Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Roberts, also known as the Supreme Court Justices with brains, voted AGAINST this abomination of a ruling.
So, I ask, how is it that Trump is a Conservative?