Nothing like good news for President Trump to hit that makes the Democrats and Left have a full blown meltdown. The Left did not react well to the news Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s imminent retirement. His departure will allow President Trump to choose a new associate justice, likely replacing a swing vote with a conservative.
Kennedy, 81, has been a noted swing vote on the court with his decisions often determine the deciding vote on a court split 4 to 4 between liberals and conservatives even though he was considered a conservative, having been appointed by President Reagan in 1987.
Tommy Vietor, former spokesperson for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, and co-host of the influential left-wing podcast Pod Save America, spoke for many in his party:
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) June 27, 2018
Others were a little more articulate, but no less upset.
IF YOU THINK A SINGLE REPUBLICAN SENATOR WILL CARE ABOUT RULES OR PRECEDENT OR ANYTHING BESIDES CONFIRMING A TRUMP RUBBER STAMP WHO WILL ALLOW THIS COUNTRY TO BECOME A ECONOMICALLY LIBERTARIAN PLACE THAT IS A CHRISTIAN THEOCRACY ON SOCIAL ISSUES, YOU HAVE NOT PAID ATTENTION https://t.co/HFZQ5qDGLx
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 27, 2018
Every single one of these rights is now in the balance. Democrats have not traditionally voted based on the court. And they have been spotty about voting in midterms. November was already critical for every vulnerable group in America. It just became *everything, esp. the Senate. https://t.co/x1XcKyHI9w
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 27, 2018
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
Justice Kennedy has officially announced his resignation. Trump and his anti-choice allies have already stolen one #SCOTUS seat, and we've seen the devastating effects on our rights already. Now, he'll get the chance to steal another. https://t.co/1p8ggBQrr9
— NARAL (@NARAL) June 27, 2018
Here's 3,000 words from me on why Kennedy's retirement could mean the end of Roe v. Wade and affirmative action, and shuts the door on basically any progress against the death penalty and solitary confinement https://t.co/TLOjM4DjQ9
— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) June 27, 2018
The retirement of Kennedy is one of the most depressing and unsettling pieces of news of the Trump era…and that is saying a mouthful. It is a very dark moment & one during which I am incapable of not harboring bitter thoughts about all those who made Trump's election possible.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) June 27, 2018
Kennedy had two great legacies.
One was the law's recognition that gay people are people.
The other is unlimited spending by wealthy corporations in on elections.
He chose to sacrifice the former to safe the later.
He is a terrible person.https://t.co/q6Asq83WJL
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) June 27, 2018
In 2003, Kennedy broke with the conservatives to strike down sodomy laws in 13 states.
— Q. Allan Brocka (@allanbrocka) June 27, 2018
So, when is Justice Ruth Ginsburg going to call it quits…
And others held out hope that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, would remain in her seat to keep the Court’s liberal minority at four members, with hope of adding to their number under a future Democratic administration:
Meanwhile, colon AND pancreatic cancer survivor, and Kennedy’s senior by four years, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is out here REFUSING TO YIELD.
— Nish Weiseth (@NishWeiseth) June 27, 2018