For some reason, some conservative commentators keep propagating the historical lie that James Madison â€œrejected nullification.â€ James Madison did no such thing.
Even while opposing a bastardized proposal for nullification created out of thin air in South Carolina, he still supported nullification as a â€œnatural right.â€
In Madison’s â€œnotes on nullificationâ€ during the later days of his life, he explicity rejected a very specific doctrine of nullification proposed by South Carolina. But during the same time period, he refered to â€œnullificationâ€¦as a natural rightâ€
Madison’s arguments against this doctrine are hard to dispute. Here’s what he wrote: