Donald Trump brought a third judge to the Supreme Court in a hurry. A conservative majority should have stood for decades. This has significant consequences – and may be his last victory.
Donald Trump didn’t even exaggerate. “You are about to witness a historic event,” he said late on Monday evening on the lawn in front of the White House. A few minutes later, the US President proudly watched as Constitutional Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom he had nominated, swore the oath of office.
Trump and his allied Republicans smuggled the momentous personnel through the Senate in record time, eight days before the presidential election they announced execution.
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Trump has brought three judges to the Supreme Court. This has never happened in recent US history. There are three very young judges who have been appointed for life. Coney Barrett is 48 years old.
The legacy of a turbulent presidency
In the future, six conservative three liberal constitutional judges will sit opposite. In other words: Trump has anchored a clear conservative majority in the powerful constitutional court for decades. That is already the enduring legacy of his turbulent presidency.
The new clear list at the Supreme Court has consequences: the majority there could shape fundamental decisions on contentious issues such as abortion, immigration and gun ownership for American society – Trump’s religious regular voters dream exactly of this, liberal America fears nothing more than that.
The Catholic Barrett, mother of seven and strict anti-abortionist, replaces the icon of the left American, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburgwho died in September at the age of 87. Ginsburg’s last traditional wish did not come true. She hoped “I won’t be replaced until a new president is elected.”
A week before the presidential election, Trump and the Republicans have now created facts. In 2016, they denied Barack Obama the right to fill a judge’s post in the final year of his term in office. Other standards applied to party friend Trump.
Do Trump’s judges even decide on the election?
The new majority will be able to manifest itself in judgments in the coming weeks. A ruling is pending on Obamacare health insurance, which Trump wants to abolish in court after failing to make it in parliament. Millions of Americans could lose their coverage.
The Supreme Court could also make decisions with Barrett about the upcoming presidential election with significant consequences. Trump and his allies are complaining against aspects of postal voting, which is used more extensively than ever before – especially by Democrats. The party-political disputes are already ending up before the Supreme Court.
And if there is no clear result on the evening of the election, while postal votes are still counted for days in several states, the Supreme Court could possibly even decide directly on the outcome of the election. Three of the nine judges dealing with it are appointed by Trump himself.
Possibly the last victory
The decision for Barrett was made two hours before the evening appearance at the White House with a simple majority in the Senate – only one Republican voted against Barrett. This majority of votes of the “Grand Old Party” is on the brink of the election in November. The Democrats have a good chance of winning a narrow majority in the Chamber of Parliament for their part.
If the Democrats actually get the Senate while their candidate Joe Biden wins the presidential election, pressure will rise on the 77-year-old to increase the number of Supreme Court justices – and thus overturn the preponderance of the right. So far, Biden has avoided the topic. It would be a violation of the norms that he is not prone to.
According to the polls, such a double victory is likely. In the political mood, Biden is still clearly ahead of Trump a week before the election. The President celebrated a triumph on Monday evening on the south lawn of the White House, but it could be his last.