One of the biggest conservative accomplishments of the Trump administration has been the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gorsuch is seen as a strict constitutionalist and originalist, and a worthy replacement for the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. The appointment was seen as a harsh blow to Democrats, who saw the chances of President Barack Obama's nominee for the position whither away last year as the Senate GOP leadership took a hard line against Merrick Garland.
Now, President Donald Trump has his eyes set on even more nominees for the court: up to four, according to reports.
In conversations with advisers, Trump said he believes he will be able to replace a total of four justices, including the late Scalia. The other three (liberal) justices include:
- Anthony Kennedy
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Sonia Sotomayor
The revelations come according to a report from Axios:
“Ok,” one source told Trump, “so that's two. Who are the others?”
“Ginsburg,” Trump replied. “What does she weigh? 60 pounds?”
“Who's the fourth?” the source asked.
“Sotomayor,” Trump said, referring to the relatively recently-appointed Obama justice, whose name is rarely, if ever, mentioned in speculation about the next justice to be replaced. “Her health,” Trump explained. “No good. Diabetes.”
The court, as it stands, is only ever a vote away from a conservative or liberal ruling. The court trended liberal during the Obama years, which saw many progressive rulings and frustrated conservatives. The prospect of Trump replacing liberal justices is deeply troubling to liberal commentators.