Encouraged by the Friday confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court, President Trump has reportedly said he expects to name four additional justices to America’s highest court.
Should Trump’s expectations be met, he would become only the seventh president to appoint a majority to the court, tipping it to the conservative side for decades to come.
Following the confirmation of Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia, Trump voiced his expectations to his associates.
“He expects to name five to the court,” said one of them.
Although the idea might not appeal to those on both sides of the aisle, it is reasonable. According to a new report, the average age of justices who leave the Supreme Court is 79. At the time of Scalia’s death, he was 79.
Three Supreme Court justices will have passed the 79-year milestone by the end of Trump’s first term — Anthony Kennedy will be 83, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be 86, and Stephen Breyer will be 81. Clarence Thomas, who will be 71, is the next oldest justice.
Trump did not pose a theory regarding who will leave the court, creating vacancies.
Only six presidents in United States history have named a majority to the Supreme Court — George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, William Taft, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.
If things go the way Trump reportedly foresees, the court would be comprised of a 7-2 conservative majority.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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