One of the issues with having a Republican president at this time is the fact that several Supreme Court justices are definitely retirement age. After Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Trump made it clear he would be nominating conservative candidates.
Now, rumor has it that Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering retirement this summer.
What’s significant about that and could serve as a blow to the Democratic party is the fact that Kennedy has sided with liberals on some issues including the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The rumor was ignited by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). In a speech, he commented on his belief that Kennedy would retire this summer.
‘Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer. Which I’m hoping will gt our base a little motivated because right now they’re not very motivated. But I think a new Supreme Court justice will get them motivated.’
Granted, we already got a new Supreme Court justice in the form of Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee who was nominated using the nuclear option, which basically ended any debate on his nomination.
If Trump goes with a hardcore conservative, several key issues could be squashed in the Supreme Court. Though justices are expected to be unbiased in their review of the law and Constitution, Trump is not the type of person who expects unbiased judgment. If he does something for you, he expects something back. A justice in the Supreme Court could be beholden to Trump, which would spell disaster for social issues such as immigration, LGBTQ issues, and many more.
There is a glimmer of hope, however. Kennedy has not confirmed the rumors and actually hired four clerks for the October 2018 term. Why would he hire clerks to work for him in the October term if he was retiring during the summer? We can only hope this is just a lame attempt by Heller to ignite the conservative base.
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