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You Hear That From the Glenn Beck Crowd': NBC Reporter Says GOP Might Do Things 'Constitutionally Afoul of the Law' to Repeal Obamacare


"He still has a crowd?"


Chief Justice John Roberts's health care ruling has led to rampant speculation about his motives, with many people questioning his conservative credentials and even calling him a traitor. MSNBC's "Morning Joe" picked up the topic Monday and asserted that it is at least partly the "Glenn Beck crowd" that's fueling the dissent.

(Related: CBS: Justice Roberts Switched Views to Uphold Health Care Law)

After kicking the segment off by reading a Washington Post Op-ed titled, "John Roberts's Compromise of 2012," NBC News reporter Luke Russert explained the idea "that Roberts was originally conservative and then was persuaded by the liberal justices to come on board and sort of chart his own course to do something that would appeal to everybody... is certainly a story that is gaining a lot of traction in D.C."

And while GOP leadership, like House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), will not openly attack Roberts, Russert said he has spoken with some "rank-and-file people who are very displeased with them and who might come out publicly and say that this was, that he was a traitor."

"You sort of hear that from the Glenn Beck crowd," he added.

"He still has a crowd? I missed that one," one of his co-panelists replied.

Moving on, Russert went on to say that Roberts's decision was ultimately about the "historical legacy" of the Supreme Court and that he saved the court from making a politically motivated decision on President Obama's health care law and looking partisan.

However, even in Russert's estimation, Obamacare is still faces the threat of repeal come November.

“There’s a chance -- it’s a small chance -- but it’s possible that the Republicans can get the House, the Senate and the presidency, they will repeal health care through reconciliation. They will do it. It will happen,” he said. Further, the GOP will use “every single trick in the book” to repeal the law, just as “Democrats did to pass it.”

Russert also said it wouldn't surprise him if some Republicans did things that were seen as "constitutionally afoul of the law" to make sure Obamacare is repealed.

Watch all of the "Morning Joe" segment here:

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