Open Topic: Supreme Court

This was an interesting presidential election to say the least. There are also many issues that will need to be addressed in the near-future, considering we now have a Republican controlled congress, senate, and presidency. A major issue, and one that particularly interests me, is the implications that Trump’s win will have on the Supreme Court. I found an article on The New York Time’s website that was very informative on the current and future climate of the Court. Here is a link to the article.

The beginning of this article gives two major points in consideration of the current Supreme Court. First, Justice Scalia’s vacant court seat will most likely be filled by a traditional conservative now that Trump was elected. Second, the two more liberal members of the court, Justice Ginsburg and Breyer, are fairly old meaning that Trump could possibly appoint two more members to the Court. Obviously, this would give the Supreme court a 7-2 conservative majority. As shown in the article, one conservative appointee would not have made much of a difference in recent cases such as the University of Texas’s race-conscious admissions program (4-3 vote to uphold) or the eventual striking down of restrictions on abortion also in Texas (5-3 vote to strike down). It is evident that two or even three Trump- appointed justice’s most likely would have changed these rulings. It will be interesting to see what direction the Supreme Court will head and what the repercussions will be for The United States.

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2 thoughts on “Open Topic: Supreme Court”

  1. I definitely think the supreme court is one of the most concerning things about a Trump presidency. As we’ve seen (and as Trump has repeatedly stated on the campaign trail), legislation and executive orders can be changed once Trump’s term is up, but the SCOTUS appointments are for life.

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  2. As we have seen over the past couple of years, the Supreme Court arguably has enormous power in shaping the country’s laws. I wonder if the elderly support justices (Ginsburg and Breyer as you mention) will try and remain in office for another four years in hope of his loss in the 2020 presidential election.

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