As rumors swirl over the impending retirement of Justice Kennedy, liberals are in panic mode.
Many liberals are begging the SCOTUS justice to “not abandon his legacy” by retiring.
Kennedy, while appointed by Reagan, is considered a “swing moderate” vote.
He is not a staunch conservative.
However, if he retires, you can rest assured that President Trump will replace him with a very conservative justice.
While liberals panic over Kennedy, Ginsberg is also looking like a top candidate for retirement and has said she doesn’t know what her plans are beyond “summer.”
This is GREAT news for conservatives!
Rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement have swirled for months but recently reached a fever pitch inside the Beltway. Shortly after the presidential election in November, the Supreme Court shot down speculation that Kennedy would leave the high court this year. But Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, both Senate Judiciary Committee members, have said that they expect another vacancy this summer.
Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, wrote an opinion piece this week urging, “Justice Kennedy, don’t abandon your legacy.”
“In the Trump era — with a Senate confirmation process now subject to a simple majority vote, thanks to McConnell and Senate Republicans — it is impossible to imagine any stronger or more able steward of Justice Kennedy’s legacy than Kennedy himself,” Wydra wrote. “Despite all the pressure and pointed rumors of his retirement, he surely realizes this.
“In the years ahead, Kennedy’s influence over the nation’s future will be more compelling than ever. In short, the Supreme Court is once again the Kennedy Court.”
Wydra also wrote that Kennedy “might be more immune to retirement pressure than Trump and his supporters have bargained for,” given Kennedy’s unique position on the high court. With four conservatives and four liberals on the court, Kennedy often casts the deciding vote.
There are reasons to doubt the amplification of rumors about Kennedy’s retirement. Roger Stone, a political operative who has advised President Trump, told prolific conspiracy theorist Alex Jones this month that Stone could report “authoritatively” that “the president has been informed of the coming resignation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.”
Stone said the “frontrunner” to replace Kennedy was “clearly Neil Hartigan from the Western District of Pennsylvania” who Stone said was the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch in the race to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. While there’s a small chance Stone was referring to the former Democratic Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan, it’s more likely he messed up the name of Judge Thomas Hardiman, a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals judge from Pennsylvania who appeared on Trump’s Supreme Court short lists.
Sources: Washington Examiner and Truthfeed