Trump Thinks He’ll Get Four More SCOTUS Appointments

Axios reports that Trump has told those close to him that he expects to be able to name three more Supreme Court justices, in addition to Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is already on the bench. That would be very bad news for the country.

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Asked how he comes to that jaw-dropping number, Trump mentions the obvious: he’s already replaced Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, and there are rumors Anthony Kennedy will retire.

“Ok,” one source told Trump, “so that’s two. Who are the others?”

“Ginsburg,” Trump replied. “What does she weigh? 60 pounds?”

“Who’s the fourth?” the source asked.

“Sotomayor,” Trump said, referring to the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, whose name is rarely, if ever, mentioned in speculation about the next justice to be replaced. “Her health,” Trump explained. “No good. Diabetes.”

That last one seems unlikely, but Kennedy and Ginsburg are hardly far-fetched. If he just manages to replace Kennedy, it would be terrible. All of his gay rights rulings, with the exception of Lawrence v Texas, which overturned state sodomy laws, would be at enormous risk of being overturned (I doubt that one would get overturned at this point). And Roe v Wade would be gone almost immediately, as there are already cases in the federal courts that would provide the opportunity for overturning it and Kennedy is the single vote keeping it from happening.

If he were to replace both Kennedy and Ginsburg, we are screwed in the worst possible way for the next several decades. We would likely see a wholesale turning back of the clock on a number of important issues, from labor law to the right to protest to voting rights to separation of church and state and much more.

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