Who Mike Pence Chose To Swear Him In For Inauguration Sends Huge Signal About Supreme Court’s Future
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When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office next week, the man holding the Bible will be Chief Justice John Roberts, the author of two of the most infamous court rulings in recent history, as far as conservatives are concerned.
As Reported by Western Journalism:
But the justice swearing in Trump’s vice president will symbolize what for many was the key issue of the 2016 election – and why Trump won it in the first place.
According to Reuters, Vice President-elect Mike Pence has chosen Justice Clarence Thomas, the court’s second black Supreme Court justice and an icon to American conservatives, to do the honors on Inauguration Day.
And that can only be good news for the United States Constitution.
The makeup of the Supreme Court was one of the biggest issues of the 2016 election. With the court vacancy still open after last year’s death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the winner in November was guaranteed at least one Supreme Court selection.
Considering the advanced age of some of the court’s justices – uber liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83, Anthony Kennedy is 80, and Stephen Breyer is 78 — the likelihood of another seat opening in the next four years is pretty high. (This isn’t to wish harm on anyone, but actuarial tables are actuarial tables.)
And the differences between the two candidates was stark.
Had Hillary Clinton won the presidency, the fate of the court was assured: another rubber stamp liberal vote would have filled Scalia’s seat. Any future openings would have been filled with justices in the mold of Obama appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagen, knee-jerk liberals with an un-American fetish for executive power.
Trump, by contrast, has released a list of potential Supreme Court nominations cheered by conservatives everywhere.