Trump’s shocking plan for the Supreme Court could help him satisfy promises he made on the campaign trail along with his personal agenda.
The installation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, an appointment stolen from Obama, replaced Antonin Scalia through Republican obstructionism. Trump nominated another conservative in order to regain a majority in the Supreme Court which could be beneficial to his agenda in the future.
During his campaign, Trump vowed to appoint pro-life Justices to the Supreme Court who would help overturn Roe v. Wade. During the final presidential debate last October, Trump was asked if he would like to see the Supreme Court overturn the landmark decision.
“Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be — that will happen,” Trump said during the debate. “And that’ll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination.”
For many months, people have been fearing what more Trump-appointed Justices could mean for America.
“Longer term, there are real concerns about whether a Supreme Court with two or three Trump-nominated justices would cut back on protections for important fundamental rights and liberties, especially the right of women to meaningfully access abortion,” said the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, Elizabeth Wydra.
“We could see a court more willing to look out for corporate interests at the expense of consumers and workers or to break with the guarantees of equality for LGBTQ Americans.”
Some believe Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg should have retired years ago to let a younger liberal justice replace her, but she, like most Americans, believed a liberal president would take office following Obama so she maintained her position.
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Sources that have spoken to Trump about the Supreme Court are reporting that the president believes he will appoint four new justices by the end of his first term.
“It's all about the numbers for him,” one source said, noting Trump’s incessant fixation with numerical goals.
Trump has already filled one of his four slots with the installation of Neil Gorsuch in place if late Justice Antonin Scalia, and with talk of 81-year-old Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, he may fill yet another.
When asked to elaborate about how he intends to fill the two remaining seats after Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy’s replacement, Trump responded, “Ginsburg. What does she weigh? 60 pounds?”
“Who's the fourth?” the source inquired.
“Sotomayor,” Trump said, speaking of the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, an unlikely candidate as the next Justice to be replaced. “Her health,” Trump explained. “No good. Diabetes.”
Justice Sotomayor has been outspoken about her struggles with type-1 diabetes, which she has successfully managed since childhood.
Trump’s goal to flood the Supreme Court with cherry-picked conservatives is the next step in furthering his erasure of the Obama-era and ultimately satisfying his own interests. The goal of three new Justices on top of Gorsuch would mean Trump could keep the backtrack-promises he made on the campaign trail.