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There is backfiring. And then there is the type of epic backfiring that happened to a self-described “investigative journalist” Thursday after he attempted to dunk on the five conservative Supreme Court Justices who – if the draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that was leaked to to the media last week holds – appear poised to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

David Cay Johnston, whose 50-year+ CV includes investigative tax reporting stints at the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters among other left-wing news outlets, boasts of being a Pulitzer prize winner and a “Syracuse U law lecturer.” He’s written multiple books highly critical of former President Donald Trump, and his Twitter page is filled with exactly the type of mindless, insipid woke dogma you might expect to find from a leftist in response to the SCOTUS leak, like this:

And this:

But Johnston’s attempts at being cutesy boomeranged on him in a big way Thursday after he shared an altered photo of the Supreme Court Justices with the three female Justices – Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Amy Coney Barrett – all wearing burkas.

In a since-deleted tweet that initially went viral, he called it “brilliant political art”:

At some point after he posted the tweet, he began getting criticism over it from his fellow wokesters who didn’t appreciate him correlating allegedly oppressive actions like overturning Roe v. Wade to Islam.

He tried posting an explainer in another now-deleted tweet:

“Many commenting here miss the point of this political art. Its not about Islam. It’s about nominally Christian justices who don’t get the 14th or 19th Amendments and cite a witch hunter in the draft opinion. And yes I’m aware of Islamic law, which I’ve studied.”

But it didn’t do him any good. The accusations of “Islamophobia” piled up from a number of prominent Twitter blue checks on the left, including – most notably – anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.):

When Johnston was asked later why he deleted it, he said it was because it offended so many people who he claims misinterpreted him. He then inartfully explained that he wished he’d found a meme of the female Justices in “Margaret Atwood attire”:

But even that explanation didn’t work:

Not sure if all this qualifies as another instance of “go woke, go broke,” but radical leftists trying to out-woke each other while dog-piling on another one sure is entertaining to watch.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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