Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced he is retiring. This means Trump is already getting a second pick for the Supreme Court and he is likely to pick someone as conservative as Neil Gorsuch.
The Associated Press reports:
Justice Kennedy retiring, giving Trump major high court pick
Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s decisive man in the middle on abortion, gay rights and other contentious issues, announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the nation’s highest court.
The 81-year-old Kennedy, often a voice of moderation over three decades on the court, provided the key vote on such closely divided issues as affirmative action, guns, campaign finance and voting rights in addition to same-sex marriage and the right to abortion.
Kennedy informed his colleagues of his plans, then went to the White House to meet with Trump, where the president said they talked for half an hour about a potential successor and other topics. The retirement will take effect at the end of July.
People on the left are already losing their minds over this.
Check out some of these reactions via The Federalist:
How it sounded inside a DNC committee meeting the moment Justice Kennedy’s retirement was announced pic.twitter.com/6S9uO2JGzQ
— David Siders (@davidsiders) June 27, 2018
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— Splinter (@splinter_news) June 27, 2018
Fuck. You. Justice. Kennedy.https://t.co/q6Asq83WJL
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) June 27, 2018
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) June 27, 2018
Another House Dem just now: “We’re screwed!” https://t.co/vc4LkLSFRv
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) June 27, 2018
Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Abortion will be illegal in twenty states in 18 months. #SCOTUS
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) June 27, 2018
Anthony Kennedy's replacement with another Neil Gorsuch is a code red for American democracy. Republicans are successfully making us more & more like authoritarian regimes like Turkey, Hungary, & Russia with each passing day https://t.co/G6X9ZvAN7D
— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) June 27, 2018
Thanks, Justice Kennedy. pic.twitter.com/2w8EjRwVtU
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) June 27, 2018