A bombshell story published this morning by The Hill has rocked the nation’s capital as all eyes turn towards the Supreme Court.
The Hill reports:
Just months before Election Day, the question of whether President Trump will get to select a third Supreme Court justice hangs over the final weeks of the court’s term.
…Top Senate Republicans drew fresh attention to the bench recently when they said they would confirm a new justice if given the chance despite 2020 being an election year, in an apparent reversal of their rationale for blocking President Obama’s nominee late in his second term.
Then they get to the heart of the issue – is Justice Thomas retiring? The report continues:
Such statements, including by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) earlier this month, revived the unsubstantiated whisper campaign that Thomas was considering retiring now to allow Republicans to replace him with a like-minded, though younger, jurist to lock down conservatives’ 5-4 majority.
Since Trump won the 2016 election, rumors of Thomas’s departure have swirled, particularly after the retirement of former Justice Anthony Kennedy in June 2018 cleared the way for Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee.
The reality is that Thomas won’t retire, and at age 71, he shouldn’t. He has many productive years ahead of him.
Justices Ginsberg and Breyer, at 87 and 81 respectively, can’t say the same.
Trump should absolutely replace them with a more conservative justice if the opportunity arises. The constitution deserves nothing less.